The Professional Masters in Legal Practice is a non-integrated Higher Level Apprenticeship (HLA) pathway designed to deliver a ‘gateway’ academic qualification which will support students in preparation for meeting the competences set out in the SRA’s Statement of Solicitor Competence.
Designed to consolidate and build on those with a pre-existing legal education to degree level (or equivalent) and who possess relevant legal knowledge and legal skills. For those who are competent explaining and applying these to legal problems and issues, minimally, in the domain areas covered by the Foundations of Legal Knowledge, as listed in the Joint Statement of the Law Society and General Bar Council.
The degree facilitates the acquisition of legal knowledge, commercial judgement, skills, role attributes and behaviours necessary for preparing students to meet the requirements of the SRA’s Statements of Solicitor Competences and Legal Knowledge to the minimum Threshold Standard to be able to practise as a solicitor.
Students develop personal and interpersonal skills, knowledge, and behaviour to enhance employability, add value in your role, and support further career progression.
The course is designed to further develop and apply critical perspectives on law, policy, and behaviour by using appropriate research techniques and methods to plan and implement a research project that produces effective outcomes for work-based practice.
The role of a solicitor has responsibility for providing legal advice to clients through:
The standard is based on the SRA's Statement of Solicitor Competence. Achievement of the standard and the associated apprenticeship assessment plan will satisfy the SRA's regulatory framework for qualification as a solicitor, subject to the SRA's usual tests of character and suitability.
UCLan works with employers to design and deliver degree apprenticeships and establishes the content and delivery of a programme according to their needs on an individual basis.
UCLan is committed to the principle of an apprenticeship being the development of an individual into a role of which the course is one component. What and how this is delivered is designed with the employer through the tailoring of delivery both mode and content.
LLB (Hons) / MProf
LEVEL: Level 7
START DATE: September
DURATION: 60 months
FEES: Tuition Fees are paid by funding through the Employer and/or Government via the Apprenticeship Levy, meaning that you as the learner do not pay the standard tuition fee rates. Students on Degree Apprenticeships do not qualify for any funding from Student Finance.
Contact our course enquiries team on 01772 892400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are already in a relevant job role, talk to your manager or your employer and share the programme information with them. They may be willing to support you through the Apprenticeship. Contact our Business Development team on 01772 895500 or email email@example.com for support.
A precondition for entry onto this programme is that applicants are employed as solicitor apprentices with public or private organisations.
Apprentices must reach a minimum level of competency in their ‘off’ programme work-based learning before they are permitted to sit the SQE part 2.
As training provider for the ‘on-programme’ learning activities, the School of Law and Social Science will consult with the employer, and interview potential candidates put forward by the employer, to ensure they meet the School’s minimum entry requirements for degree-level higher apprenticeship study, which are:
5 GCSEs, including Mathematics and English at Grade 4 (previously Grade C) or above (or equivalent); and 3 A2 Levels (or equivalent) whose minimum aggregate total must be 112 points (BBC) or more and/or relevant employer led work-based experience which may exempt an apprentice from some training (e.g., Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in a relevant occupation; Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in a relevant occupation); or Higher legal qualifications which may exempt an apprentice from some training (e.g., a ‘qualifying’ Law Degree; Graduate Diploma in Law; post-graduate diploma or Masters Degree in Legal Practice)
In addition, where applicants do not possess a grade C or above in GCSE English they will need to present an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, or their equivalent, before they can start their degree.
Degree and Higher Apprenticeships have flexible entry requirements. We work closely with the employer and apprentice to consider previous qualifications and experience. This may also include consideration of year of entry.
You can register with the government Find Apprenticeship Service to receive updates on all Degree Apprenticeships.
*Exit Award LLB (Hons) Legal Practice
All of our degree apprenticeships are day release (1 day per week).
UCLan has an extensive array of learning resources both on and off campus. For those off campus there are many resources:
The Degree Apprenticeship programme includes an End Point Assessment (EPA) to check that students have met the Apprenticeship Standard competencies and are ready to join the profession with full occupational competence.
Apprenticeships allow the learner to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. An apprentice will be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week at one of our UCLan campuses or training centres. By the end of their apprenticeship, they will have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in their chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.
Apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means they’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of their apprenticeship.
Funding bands range from £1,500 to £27,000 and sets the maximum amount of digital funds an employer who pays the levy can use towards an individual apprenticeship.
Contact our Business Development Team:
Telephone: 01772 895500, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is based in the School of Law and Social Science
For more information, contact Business Development on 01772 895500 or email email@example.com
The Apprenticeship Standard along with the degree qualification forms the degree/higher apprenticeship programme. View the standard.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook
for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.