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Paralegal Trailblazer Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Paralegal Apprenticeship at Bedford College

This apprenticeship programme will give you an insight into the legal profession and provide routes into higher education, combining work-based learning with academic learning. You will be working as a Paralegal, undertaking a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organising files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents. You will also be involved in various aspects of the legal profession and may assist in work such as: taking statements from witnesses; interviewing clients and passing on relevant information; researching cases and any pertinent legal information needed. You will gain a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx).

Apprenticeships at Bedford College

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need two A-Levels at grade A*-C (or equivalent) plus GCSE English and maths at grade A*-C or 9-4.  

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics:

Knowledge elements:

  • Introduction to Law and Practice
  • Client Care Skills
  • Legal Research Skills
  • Civil Litigation
  • Law of Tort

Competence elements:

  • Business Structures and Compliance with legal, ethical and regulatory requirements in the provision of legal services
  • Communicate effectively whilst maintain the security of the information
  • Draft legal documents
  • Manage files for legal matters
  • Plan and manage own workload
  • Conduct Legal Research
  • Process clients’ instructions
  • Apply relevant costs and billing requirements in relation to legal matters
  • Contribute to effective team working
  • Maintain and develop own knowledge, skills and competence

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by exams, assignments and evidence gathered during the course of the programme to demonstrate competence in the form of a portfolio. 


You will gain the following qualification:

CILEx Level 3 Certificate in Law & Practice

Further study and career options

Further study: After completing this programme, you could progress on to the Chartered Legal Executive Apprenticeship or the Solicitor Apprenticeship.

Career progression: If you wish to progress your studies towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive Lawyer, you could study the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law & Practice which would then lead on to the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice. After completing this and the required qualifying employment period, you would qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.

Additional information

Acceptance will be subject to initial assessment and interview by the apprenticeship team to determine vocational aptitude and transferable skills levels.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. If you are in the Bedford area, please call us on 01234 291000 for more information. If you are in the Luton area, please make an enquiry on the Luton Training Centre page.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
18 months Flexible In College – 1 day per week Free if 16-18yrs.
19+? Ring 01234 291000
Cauldwell Street E2234

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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