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Secretarial / PA (Legal) OCR Level 3 at Seevic College

Course description

This course is ideal if you would like to work as a Legal Secretary or Personal Assistant within the legal, banking or financial sectors.

You will develop your knowledge, understanding and practical ability in a full range of administrative functions including: written business communication, planning travel and accommodation, handling diary systems and organising meetings and events.

You will also develop Teeline Shorthand, document presentation and IT skills. This specialist legal pathway will also allow you to take a recognised law qualification. 

Course content

Business Administration:

  • Working in Administration (Year One)
  • Written business communication (Year One)
  • Organise business travel and accommodation (Year One)
  • Handling diary systems (Year One)
  • Organising meetings (Year One)
  • Understanding functions and roles within business organisations (Year Two)
  • Producing complex business documents (Year Two)
  • Supporting business meetings (Year Two)
  • Organising a business event (Year Two)
  • Carry out research and prepare a report (Year Two).

Text Processing:

  • Text production, Level 2 (Year One)
  • Audio transcription, Level 2 (Year One)
  • Word processing, Level 2 (Year One)
  • Business presentations, Level 2 (Year One)
  • Speed keying (Year One)
  • Shorthand theory (Year One)
  • Text production, Level 3 (Year Two)
  • Legal word processing, Level 3 (Year Two)
  • Document presentation, Level 3 (Year Two)
  • Speed keying (Year Two)
  • Developing Shorthand speed building skills (Year Two).


  • You will develop the knowledge and skills you need to carry out tasks within the workplace using the Microsoft Office suite. 

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs (minimum) Grade C/4 or above including English Language or Maths. If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.


  • A Level 2 BTEC Diploma or above and GCSE English Language or Maths at grade C/4 or above.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths is also desirable - you will be required to re-sit it if you have not already achieved it.


You will take the Level 2 Diploma in Year One and complete the Level 3 Diploma in Year Two. This is a very practical, hands-on course where you will learn all the skills that a modern Secretary/Personal Assistant needs. Throughout the course you will research topics and become proficient with all the software packages included in the Microsoft Office suite.

In preparation for employment, self-management skills will be developed throughout and you’ll be encouraged to solve problems independently when completing your assignments.

Assessment for the Business Administration element of the course is assignment based; assignments for each unit are internally marked by tutors and externally moderated by OCR.  There are also timed practical exams in Text Processing and Shorthand.

Financial information

  • You will be required to purchase a shorthand book, currently approximately £25, together with all necessary writing equipment.
  • You will also be given printing credit at the start of the course, but you will be required to cover your printing costs once this has been depleted.
  • There are two/three trips on the course, these are usually approximately £25 each; every effort is made to keep these costs to a minimum and they may vary over time. 

Future opportunities

  • You could secure employment as an Administrator/Junior Legal Secretary, before progressing to becoming a Legal Secretary/Personal Assistant, after successfully completing this course.
  • The skills and knowledge acquired on the course and in the workplace will often allow you to progress to a more specialised role, including becoming a Licensed Conveyancer or Legal Executive.
  • Progression to Higher Education is possible with some universities. Previous students have progressed to a degree courses as broad as Business Administration, Event Management and Criminology & Forensic Investigation.

Further information

  • Visits relating to the units covered will be arranged, including two conference centres as part of the 'Organise a Business Event' unit and a visit to two farms as part of the 'Carry out Research & Prepare a Report' unit.
  • Shorthand is not taught on many college courses, but it is still a desirable skill within the working environment. By completing this subject within the course, you will be provided with a unique advantage when seeking employment.
  • Tutors on the course have previously worked as Secretaries/Personal Assistants within a variety of organisations, both large and small, in London and locally, so have wide industry knowledge.

Former student success

Former students have had success in finding employment after successfully completing this course; many have taken up full-time employment immediately after leaving the College. Previous students have found employment within the legal, banking and insurance sectors; as well as in fashion publishing, event management, telecommunications, media and the Government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Seevic College directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2018
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      • Built a brand new space for socialising and event hosting - it's called The Hub
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      • Developed a brand new Performing Arts facility