Legal Services SCQF Level 8

Providing you with a detailed insight into legal services in preparation for further study or employment.


Why take this course?

This course offers two options. Firstly, it can be used to pursue employment in a legal office as a paralegal or legal secretary. Secondly, successful completion will allow you to progress to further legal study at university degree level. It is an excellent foundation course which will give you a good understanding of practices and procedures, different types of law and how the legal system works.

What you will experience

You will study the Scottish legal system and Scottish criminal procedures, as well as executry, property and company law. You will also focus on Sheriff Court procedures and the role and influence of the European Union.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two Higher qualifications at grade C or above, preferably in English or a literature-based subject. Alternatively, applicants should have a pass in English at National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Accounting or Business Skills will be considered equivalent to a subject related Higher. The additional Higher required for entry does not require to be subject related.

Those who have previously completed an NCGA Business course are also encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Common career opportunities on completion of this level of study include:

  • Conveyancing Assistant
  • Legal Accountant
  • Legal Cashier
  • Paralegal Assistant

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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