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The Solicitor Apprenticeship Degree is a fully qualifying programme of study that integrates the academic, vocational and training stages required to qualify as a solicitor. 

Designed in accordance with the Solicitor Apprenticeship Standard, which was developed by employers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), this programme is for those looking to combine academic and work-based learning, regardless if they are new to legal practice or looking to upskill.

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of the practice of law, including all core law modules that are undertaken on the standard Law LLB , with the addition of a work-based learning portfolio to demonstrate that students have obtained the relevant skills and knowledge required during their workplace training. 

As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is at the forefront of higher and degree apprenticeships and has the knowledge and expertise to deliver this course in a way which results in both apprentice and employer satisfaction.  

 

 

The Solicitor Apprenticeship Degree is a fully qualifying programme of study that integrates the academic, vocational and training stages required to qualify as a solicitor. 

Designed in accordance with the Solicitor Apprenticeship Standard, which was developed by employers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), this programme is for those looking to combine academic and work-based learning, regardless if they are new to legal practice or looking to upskill.

The programme provides an in-depth understanding of the practice of law, including all core law modules that are undertaken on the standard Law LLB , with the addition of a work-based learning portfolio to demonstrate that students have obtained the relevant skills and knowledge required during their workplace training. 

As the only university in the North of England to offer this course, Northumbria is at the forefront of higher and degree apprenticeships and has the knowledge and expertise to deliver this course in a way which results in both apprentice and employer satisfaction.  

 

 

Course Information

Level of Study
Undergraduate

Mode of Study
5-6 years part-time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020 or September 2021

Fee Information

This apprenticeship offers a blended learning approach following a modified course structure based on the Law LLB (Hons) degree. 

The course builds upon our innovative, award-winning clinical based approach to learning, by offering a course that integrates theory with practice.  We will use work-based modules to connect the learning to practical experience and support students in building a portfolio of professional practice.

Through apprenticeship workplace employment, students will have the opportunity to design their own work-based learning plan that transfers and integrates learning into professional practice. The initial four years will cover the core modules of the standard Law LLB degree programme, with the final two years preparing students for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Full details on the modules for each year of the programme can be found below.

The solicitor apprenticeship degree is taught by experts within their field, our academics are at the cutting edge of current legal issues, which in turn enhances students learning experience, giving them the very latest understanding of key legal issues.

Approximately 70% of our academic staff are qualified solicitors or barristers, with considerable practice experience.  Our staff are active researchers, publishing articles and leading textbooks on many legal topics.  We have expertise in a range of areas, including our international reputation in the fields of evidence and criminal justice studies.

Northumbria Law School is located in the University’s City Campus East which houses state-of-the-art teaching technologies including a law practice library containing copies of practitioner texts and law reports, and a realistic courtroom with video link facilities in which you can develop your practical advocacy skills and stage mock trials. The Law School also includes our innovative and award-winning law clinic, the Student Law Office. It is the largest of its kind in the UK, where our students represent members of the public working on real legal cases.

Throughout each year students will attend study days, which are spread evenly throughout the first two semesters, in total ten days in year one and eight days in subsequent years.  Teaching includes online lectures and face-to-face seminars or small group sessions.  This ensures that knowledge from those lectures is furthered, embedded and can be applied to practical scenarios. 

University study will make-up 20% of the apprentice’s weekly learning and timely face-to-face contact will be essential.  Attendance at tutor-led sessions is very important, however as employees, we appreciate apprentices may unavoidably miss an occasionally taught class, therefore, all learning and teaching materials will be available via a virtual classroom and accessible to students remotely. Students will also be allocated an academic coach who will provide support in respect of academic development.

Whilst on campus, students will have access to the University’s exceptional facilities including social spaces, IT facilities and lecture theatres and not forgetting 24/7 access to our award winner University Library.   

Department / Northumbria Law School

Northumbria Law School is one of the largest law schools in the UK, with a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education for those interested in studying law.

In partnership with Northumbria University, the organisation will support the learner at work to achieve their apprenticeship. Whilst studying the apprentice will be required to work full-time, for at least 30 hours a week, and will be supported through learning at work to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship standard.

Both apprentice and their line manager will be supported by Northumbria University throughout the programme, including access to online support materials for line managers. Apprentices will also meet with their own manager/mentor and individual professional development coach in the workplace at least four times each year.

During the programme, many assessments are work-based and aligned to the context and activity of the organisation, leading to increased organisational understanding and performance by the apprentice whilst ensuring they develop new skills and enhance productivity and business performance.

To complete the programme, the learner will have to demonstrate that they have obtained the relevant skills, knowledge and behaviour required during their workplace training. They will also have to take a two-part end-point centralised assessment, the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

For the days’ apprentices are off-campus, our technology-enhanced learning (TEL) facilities provide access to module information, electronic reading lists and online learning resources such as podcasts, e-books and e-journals.

The employer covers all tuition fees for the apprentice, the total payment required depends on the organisation’s apprenticeship levy status.

Students studying an apprenticeship do not pay any tuition fees, however, as they are in full-time employment they do not have student status and therefore are not entitled to apply for student finance.   

To discuss the fees of this apprenticeship in detail or to explore signing an agreement with the university, complete the enquiry form below and someone from our Business and Enterprise team will be in touch shortly.

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We guide both employer and employees through the application and funding process and will be on hand to assist you during the apprenticeship journey.

To start the application process for either current employees or new recruits contact our Business and Enterprise team today by email or complete our online enquiry form. Alternatively you can call 0191 227 3251.

All students are required to be in full-time employment to study the Solicitor Apprenticeship Degree. If you are interested in studying this apprenticeship and you are in current full-time employment complete our online enquiry form.

If you are not in full-time employment but would like to study this apprenticeship programme, discover our recruitment opportunities below. Alternatively, visit our vacancies page for information on all apprenticeship opportunities currently available. 

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

Applicants must be employed in a relevant role, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

 

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed a related Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or those with non-standard qualifications, or a significant amount of relevant work-based or professional experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator  

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

 

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE Requirements:

It is a condition that you have GCSE grades C/4 or above in English Language and Maths, or Functional Skills English or Maths at level 2 by the End Point Assessment period of your Apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements 2021/22

Standard Entry

Admission onto a higher or degree apprenticeship can only take place if applicants are currently employed and their employer has a training agreement in place with Northumbria University.

Applicants must be employed in a relevant role, with the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts directly to their personal and professional work experience.

Potential apprentices will need:

128 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-levels, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas or the International Baccalaureate.

 

We may also consider applicants who have successfully completed a related Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, or those with non-standard qualifications, or a significant amount of relevant work-based or professional experience.

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth using the UCAS Tariff calculator: www.ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator  

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

 

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades in our English Language section: www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

GCSE Requirements:

It is a condition that you have GCSE grades C/4 or above in English Language and Maths, or Functional Skills English or Maths at level 2 by the End Point Assessment period of your Apprenticeship.

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