• Business

    NPA Legal Studies

  • Eligible Schools

    All schools

    This is a course for school pupils

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday 2pm to 4pm

  • Start Date

    From 10 Jun 2019

Who is the course for

This course is aimed at learners who wish to develop their knowledge of the law, the Scottish Legal system and criminal justice in general.

This course offers learners the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role of the law while providing the opportunity to develop relevant skills for legal related occupations and further study in NC or HNC programmes.

What is the course about

You will learn the basics of Scots law, including the sources of law and how a new law is made. You will consider the differences between criminal law and civil law together with the structure, jurisdiction and appeals of both the civil and criminal courts. You will develop knowledge and understanding of the system of criminal prosecution in Scotland, the tribunal system and the roles, appointments and responsibilities of the legal profession.

You will also develop an understanding of how contracts are made and the process of making them legally binding documents. You will also learn how contracts can be enforced and what can impact their validity, before looking at the process for terminating a contract and the impact of breach of contract.

Lastly you will develop an understanding to explain what constitutes a crime in Scotland and the main principles involved in prosecution of crime and to explore the nature of crime and its effects on the individual and the community.

What do I need

  • An interest in law or the criminal justice system
  • National 5 pass in English at C or above or 3 National 4 passes in Social Subjects (including English)

How will I be assessed

Assessment of the course is continuous throughout the year and consists of 3 open book and 3 closed book assessments.

Next Steps

On successful completion of the course you may wish to use this NPA in conjunction with other qualifications to apply for entry into an NC or HN programme in a variety of areas such as Social Sciences, Business, Accounts, and Care and Administrative Practice.

Start Date

10 Jun 2019



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