Certificate of Higher Education

Full Time (One Year)

September 2017 - May 2018

Contact us: 01865 759600

Are you interested in Law having never studied it before? This course is ideal for you if you are considering studying for a career in Law, but do not have the formal qualifications to apply for an LLB (Law) course. It provides an excellent general grounding for clear thinking, successful study, and other skills of use in general employment and for progression to other degree courses.

The course will give you an insight into the law and its application in practice. You  will be taught how to find, read and understand legislation, case law and other legal texts. Case studies are used to bring the law to life. You will develop problem-solving skills in small groups and acquire legal reasoning and analytical skills. There are plenty of opportunities for lively debate!

This is a one-year full time standalone course which is also available part-time and is the equivalent to the first year of university level study. The course leads to a nationally recognised qualification and many students choose to progress to degree level courses.

This course is accredited by the Open University.

  • English Legal System
  • Civil Liberties and Human Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Anti-Discrimination Law
  • Law, Rights and the Body

If you are a full time student you will study five modules over two semesters. The course requires an attendance of 10 hours of lectures and seminars a week together with a weekly tutorial and additional time (around 15 hours) spent on independent self-directed study.

The diverse range of teaching methods and assessment types allows you to develop a wide range of skills. Within the formal lectures and seminars there are also opportunities to work with other students and to discuss and debate. There is also some online learning which will support you to study in your own time.

Tutors have an extensive range of practice experience within the legal sector and also in campaigns for legal rights.

Over 90 percent  of the assessment is coursework-based and there is one exam. The coursework assessment includes essays, presentations, case study reports and problem-solving scenarios. Transferable skills such as formal writing and verbal reporting are key parts of the modules. Each Module has a mixture of formative practice assessments and summative final assessments.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the Certificate of Higher Education in Law (120 CATS at Level 4).

Tutor for this course:

Gerard Ward


Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year. Part time student fees are £4,500 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.


Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.


Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found in our fees and funding support section.


Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college. All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

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On completion of the course the majority of students progress to university to study the LLB which is the qualifying degree in law. However some students go on to study for degrees in other subjects.

While the CertHE Law will be of value in a broad range of careers it does not count as the first year on an LLB degree, so those wishing to study Law to qualify as solicitors or barristers would need to do a full three-year degree at another university. The College has a good working relationship with Oxford Brookes University and a number of our Law students have either progressed onto Law/Law related courses there and others have gone on to a range of different universities.

Previous students have gone on to successful careers in the law or law-related employment, in trade union work, with international, local and national agencies or in the business and education.