Course at a glance
The CIE Global accredited course aims to provide you with a fundamental understanding of the nature and sources of conveyancing and land law principles. This is an excellent course to use as a springboard for our more advanced legal courses, and is an excellent foundation for anyone interested in the fascinating area of law.
Land Law covers matters of fundamental importance to our society: the ownership of land and property, property rights and related obligations. In this course, you will study in depth the fundamental principles of English Land Law, focusing in particular on key rights which exist in relation to land. You will scrutinise the content of these rights, and consider the way in which the content requirements of each right have been developed through judicial decision via case law over the years. In addition, you will study the formal and informal methods of acquiring rights over land, and the circumstances in which the burden of such rights will impact a third party purchaser.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Entry Requirement
Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.
Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.
All students must be aged 16 or over.
The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.
Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.
This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Course Length
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Course Content
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module one – What is Law?
This first module explores where the law comes from, tracing it from its origins in the Norman Conquest through to modern day. It explores the importance of judge made precedent, as well as tracks the passing of law by domestic Parliament.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module two – Introduction to Concepts of Land Law
This module discusses the concept of what actually constitutes land and how it can be owned. This module employs important pieces of legislation such as the Land Registration Act 1925, supplemented by case law, to develop relevant definitions of these concepts. There is a discussion on the difference between fixtures and chattels, an important concept in the selling of the land.
There is a discussion on the registration of land, which is an increasingly important concept with the introduction of compulsory registration upon the sale of registered land. An evaluation of the concepts of registered and unregistered land is also undertaken at this point.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module Three: Easements and Covenants
This module concerns easements, which is a legal or equitable right to use something, such as a right to use a private road. It explores case law where rights have not been effectively crystallised, and what conveyancers can do to ensure that this does not happen in modern day practice.
This module moves on to explore the role of covenants. A covenant is a promise made by deed that the person buying the land will do or not do something. The module will explore both positive and restrictive covenants, and the associated complex rules when these may pass to a successor in title.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 4 – Conveyancing Overview
This module gives an overview of the conveyancing procedure for both the sale and purchase of land or property and the tasks carried out by respective solicitors or conveyancers. Procedural requirements, such as ensuring that conflict rules are adhered to or acting for both parties in a transaction, are discussed. The importance of anti-money laundering checks will also be explored.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 5 – Preparing the Contract for Sale and Deducing Title
This module will undertake a detailed analysis of the Law Society’s Protocol for Conveyancers as this is the leading document required for the sale/purchase of any land in the UK.
In keeping with this being a practical course, the student will gain the opportunity to attempt to draft a sale contract for a fictitious client. The module will also discuss what is included in the contract package. There will be a discussion on the different requirements depending on whether the land is registered or unregistered, so the contents of both official copies and an Epitome of title will be considered. If the client has a mortgage on the property at redemption statement will be required from lenders, and the procedure for obtaining this and how to deal with it will be discussed.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 6 – Taking Instructions on a Purchase
This module deals with acting for a client on the purchase of land/property. The onus for checking the physical state of the property and title is on the buyer, so it is important that the conveyance undertakes all the relevant searches. The title must be checked, so this module will explore what should be examined such as noting any easements or covenants. This module discusses the relevant searches or surveys that a conveyancer will undertake on behalf of their client. This will include, for example, a local authority search for planning and road developments and an environmental search for flooding, mining etc (increasingly needed with brown site development).
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 7 – From Mortgage Offer to Exchange
This module explores what happens when a mortgage is required for the purchase of a property. This module discusses what must be checked in the mortgage offer in order for the client being able to comply with all the lender conditions. It also explains when a bankruptcy check must be undertaken. The module moves on to discuss the exchange of contracts and the different formulas that may be applied depending on the client’s circumstances.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 8 – Preparing for Completion
This module deals with preparing for completion of the sale/purchase of land. It discusses what final searches should be undertaken and when a lender must release the funds required. The module discusses the required documents, such as the completion statement and when these must be signed and by which parties.
This module moves on to discuss the formalities required for completion day, such as discharging the mortgage on a sale transaction. It also discusses what a conveyancer is able to do if a completion is delayed.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 9 – Post Completion
This module explores what a conveyancer must do for their client post-completion. Even where the client is happy in their new home, there are still important documents which must be filed. Forms, for both registered and unregistered land, must be filed with Land Registry, and these forms will be evaluated and shown in detail. This module also discusses stamp duty land tax and when this might be payable.
Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma Module 10 – Dealing with Leaseholds
This module explores leasehold transactions, in particular, where there is a lease of a flat. It will explore terms of leases which may need to be drafted or explained to a client, such as a forfeiture clause or a covenant. The lender’s handbook from the Council of Mortgages will be examined here, and an analysis of when it is relevant to adhere to these will be undertaken.
This Accredited Level 3 Paralegal Conveyancing Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.