ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law

Progression Routes
Entry Criteria

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Law is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the first year of a university degree. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to university and, when taken in combination with the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Law, allows learners to progress onto an LLB top-up degree programme (the final year of university).

Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units. 


Contract Law
Learners will gain an appreciation to the significance of contract law in commercial, consumer and social contexts.


Legal Methods
Learners will explore fundamental principles and components of the English Legal System, the judiciary and the civil and criminal process and will gain an appreciation of how the main principles underpin all substantive and procedural areas of law.


Criminal Law
Learners will explore the aims and nature of criminal law and its function as a protector of the State.


Public Law
The unit will enable learners to identify the significance of the separation of power and the sovereignty of Parliament, as well as the importance of human rights norms.

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor’s degrees at a university such as one of ATHE partner universities.

Higher Education, (e.g. University) entry to various Bachelor Degree programs at universities such as The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire.

Age: 18 +
Entry profile:

  • A level 3 qualification in law or legal studies such as the ATHE Level 3 in Law
  • Equivalent international qualifications


Key Facts 

Awarding Body:               Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE)

Course Duration:             6 months

Method of Study:            On Campus

Qualification Level:         4