Paralegal Apprenticeship

The Paralegal Apprenticeship provides you with a solid foundation for working within a law firm or other legal services environment. Your studies will lead to an understanding of the fundamentals of legal practice - including developing the appropriate skills and behaviours needed for a career in law. During the programme, you will be able to choose specific areas of law and practice to study appropriate to your role at work such as Contract or Commercial Property.

The programme offers blended learning - delivered both online and in-class at BPP University study centres - together with hands-on, paid employment and valuable experience with an employer. By successfully completing the Paralegal Apprenticeship, you will achieve a Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

Online and in BPP University study centres in Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Holborn, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester

Start Date


Length of programme

Two-years, (part-time)

Modes of study

Online classroom sessions supported by face-to-face learning.

How to Apply

To join an apprenticeship programme you must be employed in a relevant role in a businesses that is offering apprenticeships with BPP University. Apply directly to one of these employers, by following the link below.


To complete the apprenticeship, you must complete a portfolio of work and pass the end point assessment consisting of two 1.5 hour examinations. To gain the university award of Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services ) you must complete a range of university assessments including unseen examinations including multiple choice tests, written problem-based questions and practical legal drafting exercises, legal research, coursework and an e-portfolio of work.


Key Information

  • Gain a BPP University award with a Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) alongside a practical, paid job in an employer engaged in legal services
  • Study online with access to live and recorded lectures and online learning materials
  • Specialise during your studies and explore particular areas of law and practice
  • Benefit from assessments and projects that relate directly to practical challenges in your workplace
  • Network with other apprentices through our collaborative learning environment
  • Manage your studies with one day per week dedicated study leave
  • Earn a salary and gain your qualification without any tuition fees. Your tuition fees are paid by the employer and/or the government
  • Receive individual support and face-to-face teaching three days per term
  • Learn from BPP tutors who are qualified, experienced lawyers from practice
  • Document your apprenticeship and showcase your skills through the development of an e-portfolio
  • The programme will provide you with exemptions towards the Solicitor apprenticeship (provided contract law is taken)

Apply direct

To join an apprenticeship programme you must apply for a relevant role in a company that is offering Degree Apprenticeships. Apply directly to one of these companies by following the link below.

Programme Details

If you are young, bright and ambitious - and considering a career in law - then a BPP University Law School Paralegal Apprenticeship could be the right choice for you. It is an attractive combination of full-time, paid, professional employment with undergraduate study with no tuition fees - and you can start straight after A-levels.

The Paralegal Apprenticeship has been designed to equip you with a sound academic understanding of particular areas of law in a practitioner context so you will develop the right blend of skills, knowledge and professional attributes to help you become a practising paralegal.

As you will be employed within a legal environment for the duration of the programme, you will be able to relate your studies to your workplace, providing a broader context for what you are learning. Through the development of your own portfolio of work experiences, you will develop into a highly reflective learner and practitioner.

Successful completion of both work-based experience and study-based learning will result in the award of a Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services), as well as preparing you for a career in the legal sector or further study.

Job Roles

To join an apprenticeship you must first be in full-time employment with an employer who is participating in the scheme. Your role must be relevant to the programme and may include:

  • Paralegal
  • Legal administrator
  • Legal secretary
  • Junior fee earner

Designed with employers in mind,this apprenticeship programme has been designed to meet the Paralegal Apprenticeship Standard, developed by a group of employers known as ‘Trailblazers’. These standards have been developed to ensure that you gain a highly relevant education that meets the requirements and practical business needs of employers.

The Trailblazers involved in the design of this programme include: Addleshaw Goddard, Browne Jacobson, Burges Salmon, Clyde and Co, DAC Beachcroft, Dentons, DWF, Eversheds, Gateley, Kennedys Law, Lewis Silkin, Mayer Brown, Olswang, Simmons & Simmons, Stephenson Harwood, Withers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Study Method

You will study around your work commitments and receive one day per week study leave from your employer. During your studies you will learn from experienced, qualified lawyers who will deliver a highly relevant programme through discussions, case studies and activities. During each module you will learn a range of key principles that you can apply and develop further during your work.

The majority of study will be online using BPP University’s innovative learning platform. On three days each term your studies will take place at a BPP University study centre where you will learn in a classroom setting and benefit from face-to-face teaching and support.

BPP University VLE

Most of your study is provided online through a mix of live and recorded lectures and associated online learning materials. When you join your apprenticeship programme, you will gain access to BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you will have 24/7 access to recorded lectures and the study resources you need, allowing you to study anytime and anywhere.

Within our VLE, you will also be placed into a cohort of students - giving you the opportunity to network with your peers through online forums and discussions. In addition, you will be assigned your own student manager and personal tutor, who will give you support and guidance throughout your programme.


During your programme you will follow a broad curriculum that will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a law professional. You will gain insight into different aspects of law and be able to apply this to your workplace experience. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your studies by choosing one specialist subject area of law and one of practice.

Year One

  • Introduction to Practice (15 Credits)
  • English Legal System & Research (30 Credits)

Choice of Area of Law

Choose one from

  • Contract Law (30 Credits)
  • Tort Law (30 Credits)
  • Land Law (30 Credits)

Year Two

  • Client Care

Choice of Area of Practice

Choose one from:

  • Commercial Practice (15 Credits)
  • Corporate Practice (15 Credits)
  • Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution (15 Credits)
  • Commercial Property Practice (15 Credits)
  • Professional Practice Skills (Level 4) (15 Credits)

Entry Requirements

If you join the Paralegal Apprenticeship you must be in full-time employment (30+ hours per week) in a relevant role. You must also meet the minimum entry requirements shown below. However, employers may set their own entry criteria which are equivalent to, or higher than, the university entry criteria.

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs including English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or 4 or above, and
  • 96+ UCAS points or equivalent UK or international qualification; or
  • Between 88 and 95 UCAS points or equivalent UK or international qualification PLUS successful completion of the BPP University Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) Admissions Test; or
  • Successful completion of a relevant Intermediate (Level 2) or Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeship PLUS successful completion of the BPP University Certificate of Higher Education (Legal Services) Admissions Test;

Applicants with an alternative qualification to those specified above may still be considered at the discretion of the Director of Programmes.

For further information or help regarding eligibility criteria contact 03331 309 119

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.5 (overall) or equivalent, with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-component.

If you have a score of 6.5 overall, you will have to attend In-sessional Study Skills support classes, alongside the programme during the first term of studies, at no additional cost.

Your student experience

BPP University Students' Association has thousands of members with students across all ten BPP University sites and studying online.

Every student of BPP University automatically becomes a member of the Students' Association when they start their programme.

The Association aims to put you, the student, at the heart of everything BPP University does, giving you:

  • An independent voice on student matters
  • Information, support and guidance about your academic and personal life
  • Academic, cultural, social and professional enrichment through the development of clubs, societies, events and initiatives
  • Awareness and enhancement of your employability
  • BPP University students are eligible for an NUS card.


Online and in BPP University study centres in:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Holborn
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester


  • Two-years study (part-time) within full-time employment
  • The full cost of your apprenticeship programme will be funded by the government and/or your employer.
  • Must be a resident of the UK and working in England