Legal Services Apprenticeship at Sheffield College
This is a a 18 month work based training course.
About the Course
The ‘Paralegal’ workforce is varied and ranges from those working to support solicitors and other regulated professionals to those working in central government and local authority or corporate organisations.
An Apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying skills development programme designed by employers in the sector. These are acquired through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practise and embed new skills in a real work context.
On completion of the Apprenticeship, you must be able to undertake the full range of duties, in a range of circumstances appropriate to the job, confidently and competently to the standard set by the industry.
The wide range of roles includes:
- Junior Paralegal
- Legal Assistant
- Trainee Legal Executive
- Conveyancing Assistant
- Litigation Assistant
An apprenticeship consists of a framework (or collection), of qualifications and training which consists of 4 days in the workplace receiving on-the-job training and 1 day in College where you will complete classes to prepare you for the qualifications which make up the framework.
You are encouraged to look for your own placement but the College has many links with local solicitors and interviews can be arranged which often result in successful employment. In order to gain a place on the apprenticeship programme you will need to attend an information session at College, produce an up to date CV and work with the College staff to improve your employment prospects.
There is the potential to offer several pathways for the aspiring legal apprentice. The most popular is Civil Litigation; however other options can include Employment Practice or Property. Please speak to us regarding your preference.
Will this course suit me?
The course will suit you if you have an interest in law, an enquiring mind, and an appetite for independent research. An ability to deal with people at all levels and develop effective working relationships with clients seeking legal advice is a must along with a willingness to work as part of a team within the office. The course will be demanding and require home study to achieve success in the academic qualifications as well as working 4 days a week.
CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services
CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Civil Litigation: dealing with disputes between 2 or more parties who will be seeking damages other than criminal sanctions.
The Units studied are:
Client Care Skills – Professional skills unit
Legal Research Skills – Professional skills unit
Civil Litigation – Legal Practice
Contract Law – Knowledge unit
As an apprentice, you may sit the Introduction to Law & Practice unit although this does not form part of the apprenticeship framework. This optional 5th unit will complete the number of units required for the Certificate in Law & Practice at level 3.
Please speak to us regarding other qualification pathways.
Functional skills at level 2
5 GCSEs at 4-9 / A*-C or acceptable alternatives, plus a minimum grade 4 in English language and Maths. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.
There are specific windows for the majority of the examinations which are tested externally. The competence qualification is assessed in the workplace where apprentices will be expected to show competence at completing day to day tasks. This work will be assessed by an assessor in the workplace using a range of methods to include on the job observation.
At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.
If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.
Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.
Learner Support Fund
If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:
Books and materials
Uniform and equipment
Essential course trips
- DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university
Where can it lead?
The professional qualifications gained in the apprenticeship constitute the first rung on the pathway to the academic qualification needed to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer. The knowledge component of the framework certificate gives 5 units of the 10 needed for the full diploma in Law and Practice. The additional 5 units needed can be gained through part time study in the day or evening after completing the apprenticeship. The level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice is the second state of training to become a Chartered Legal Executive lawyer and is set and assessed at honour degree level. This can also be done through part time study.
How to apply
School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school. Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.
Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:
- Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
- Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.