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Legal Services Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

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:

  • Caseworker
  • 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.

Qualification titles

Competence qualification

CILEx Level 3 Diploma in Providing Legal Services

Knowledge qualification

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

Entry requirements

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.


Financial information


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.

Free meals

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.

Travel passes

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:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

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.


Further information

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

Open Days

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.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Course code: CWALX1


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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.