This course offers a variety of prospective career paths, most notably a future in the legal industry, but also access to professions such as management, finance, and business.

Your studies will be fully distance learning conducted via supported online classes.

  • Personal effectiveness, organisation, perseverance and resilience
  • Self-motivation, self-direction and independent learners
  • Collaborative working and problem solving skills


Good communication skills and flexibility

  • One or two year study options available
  • Commercial Law
  • Scots Private Law
  • Property Law
  • Legal Research Techniques
  • Scottish Legal System
  • Consumer Law
  • Communication: Business Communication
  • Legal Services: Graded Unit 1


The general aims of the HNC are to:

  1. Provide candidates with a basic understanding of Scots law which will equip candidates for employment where knowledge of law and legal procedures are relevant
  2. Give candidates scope to develop competence in a variety of specialised legal areas
  3. Develop the capacity to respond quickly to the challenges posed by changes in the law and business/legal environment
  4. Provide the skills and competencies required to progress to the HND in Legal Services SCQF Level 8
  5. Provide the skills and competencies required to progress to an appropriate degree level qualification in Higher Education in law (2nd year BA Law or first year LLB Law)
  • At least one relevant Higher at level C or above in relevant subjects (e.g. Business, English, Modern Studies, English, History, Admin & IT, Religious, Moral & Philosophical Studies,  Computing, Geography, Maths or Science based subjects)

  • Students wishing to progress to HND will be required to pick up additional credits (3 credits) in either the year of study or 2nd Year. This can be achieved by studying on-line or attending evening or Saturday morning classes.
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information
  • Paralegal
  • Mortgage executive
  • Public sector legal departments
  • Human resources
  • Banking
  • Management
  • Sheriff’s officer
  • Court officer
  • Scottish courts service
  • Precognition agent
  • A contribution to the costs of any outside visits undertaken as part of the course