Certificate of Higher Education

Key features

  • Provides foundation for progress on to LLB
  • No specific level 3 entry requirements
  • 100% achievement rate for students with no/few qualifications
  • 100% progress to degree programmes, 72% of graduates progress to LLB Law degrees


1 year | September 2017 – May2018

Course validation

Open University

Delivered at Ruskin College
Dunstan Road
Old Headington
Oxford, OX3 9BZ.



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 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.

Students receive all course information and timetables on enrolment.

All modules on this course are compulsory.

Level 4 – Year 1




Assessment, length (percent of credit)



English Legal System




Library exercise (Bodleian) (10%)

Precedent case study (1500w) (20%)

Private Members’ Bill (1500w) (20%)

Exam (50%)

Contact: 60

Independent: 240



Civil Liberties and Human Rights


Assessment essay 2,000K  (100%)

Contact: 60

Independent: 240


Employment Law


Team presentation on a self-selected employment law concept (25%)


Individual assessed problem question set by the Module Team 2000w (75%)

Contact: 45

Independent: 155



Law, Rights and the Body



Essay,  2000w (75%)

Presentation (25%) 

Contact: 45

Independent: 155


Anti-Discrimination Law



Essay 2000w                  100%

Contact: 45

Independent: 155

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. Class sizes are small, typically fewer than 25. 

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. Feedback from the tutor on summative assignments can be expected within three working weeks.

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).


We have a Learning Development office that offers free one-to-one tutorials for support with the following:

  • Individual study support, e.g. essay-writing, reading and note taking, or study confidence
  • English as a foreign language
  • Specific cognitive or physical learning needs, e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASC, Paraplegia.

Learning Development tutorials can be face-to-face, over the phone, or via Skype, and run in addition to your subject tutorials. Library and computing staff are also available for support in their specific areas.

Questions to do with the Library are best addressed to the library staff.  Questions to do with Computing are best addressed to the Computing Staff, who are available at different times. 


We offer a free and confidential counselling service to students.

Ruskin College supports counselling as part of this mission. We regard emotional intelligence as an integral aspect of learning, towards which counselling has much to offer. In order to transform society, individuals must first learn to transform themselves. Counselling at Ruskin extends beyond the traditional notion of support for mental health issues, into the realm of personal and professional development.


Please visit our staff webpage to learn about our course tutors.

Students are able to meet with our Student Money Adviser before enrolling on the course to discuss any fees or funding issues. For more information, contact


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


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 here.


Once offered a place, full-time students can apply for a single study bedroom for the entire academic year. Accommodation for students on site is of a high standard, recently-refurbished and offering study/bedrooms in small blocks on the peaceful, semi-rural campus.

Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college, and for placement – although we try to ensure placements are as close to residency as possible. Student accommodation costs are: Study Bedroom (standard) £103/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £124.50/week.

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.

Students wishing to progress onto LLB or similar qualifications may require to achieve a C or higher in GCSE Maths and English before they can progress on from the Cert HE to a Law degree.

All candidates must also be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College on application or at interview:

  • You must demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College
  • You must demonstrate an interest in the field of study you wish to undertake
  • Selection interviews are conducted as a two-way process in which you can make an informed decision about the suitability of the programme for you.
  • You must attend a selection interview for the course
  • We must receive a satisfactory reference
  • A satisfactory health check `
  • You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college

Suitability for students taking up study will be assessed on a case by case basis, through a range of exercises including group work, individual interviews, and individual written tasks.  


To make an application, complete our online application form


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.

Of the students who successfully completed the programme in 2016, all progressed onto degree programmes at universities in the UK, including: Oxford Brookes University, the University of Sussex, Birkbeck University of London, the University of Birmingham and the University of Northampton. 73% progressed onto an LLB programmes and 27% to Law and Business degree, International Relations or Estate Management degree programmes.