OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Law

OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Law

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The objective of OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Law is to provide students with a grounding in the legal system of England and Wales. The qualification will help students understand how the legal system operates, how the legal system works as a function and some of the key laws that underpin the legal system. Students will be able to develop their academic skills and capabilities around law and prepare them for further study.

Successful completion of this qualification will equip learners with the underpinning knowledge and skills to succeed in employment or further study.

Entry Requirements

The OTHM Level 3 Diploma Law qualification can be offered to learners from age 16.

OTHM does not specify entry requirements for these qualifications, but delivery centres are required to ensure that learners admitted to the programme have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.

OTHM Centre must ensure learners are recruited with integrity onto appropriate qualifications that will:

  • meet their needs
  • enable and facilitate learning and achievement
  • enable progression

English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the English Language Expectations page.


OTHM qualifications at Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

Qualification Structure

The OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Law qualification consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory Units

  • Introduction to Law and Practice (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Contract Law (20 Credits)
  • Principles of Criminal Law (20 Credits)
  • Introduction to Employment Law (20 Credits)
  • Aspects of Tort Law (20 Credits)
  • Academic and Research Skills for Law (20 Credits)

Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are assessed and internally quality assured by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the assessor.

Specific assessment guidance and relevant marking criteria for each unit are made available in the Assignment Brief document. These are made available to centres immediately after registration of one or more learners.

The assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


Successful completion of the Level 3 Diploma in Law qualification enables learners’ direct entry into Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree or pursue Level 4 Diplomas.

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), many universities acknowledge the ability of learners after studying Level 3 Diploma in Law and consider for direct entry into a range of their Bachelor’s degree programmes. For more information visit the OTHM University Progressions webpage.

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