This course is validated by: Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

CILEx - Level 6 - Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice (2 year course)

Course Information

  • Course Code: EC060
  • Duration: 30 weeks x 5.5 hours
  • Validated by: Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Study mode: Part Time
  • Price: £2140.00

Start Dates


The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) is the professional association and governing body for Chartered Legal Executive lawyers, other legal practitioners and paralegals. Our role is to enhance the role and standing of Chartered Legal Executives and all our members within the legal profession.


CILEx offers a unique route to a legal career and becoming a qualified lawyer without a requirement to having a law degree, although law graduates and graduates with non-law degrees can also qualify as a lawyer through the CILEx route.  Entry is accessible to those holding a variety of qualification levels.

Why come to Blackburn College?

  • Teacher trained & Sector specific qualified tutors
  • Purpose built facilities
  • Small class sizes (max. 15 students)
  • Renowned for providing an excellent student experience with an emphasis on pastoral care throughout
  • Bespoke workbooks to enhance learning available via CILEx Law School
  • Private exam centre on college site
  • 24/7 access to learner materials through Moodle



This is year 1 of a two year course of study, the fees shown are for the first year.

What will I study?

CILEx Level 6:  The ILEX Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice represents the final academic stage towards becoming a Legal Executive. You can study at your own pace, but the qualification should take you around two years to complete.  Building on the ILEX Level 3 Diploma in Law and Practice, students are required to demonstrate a broad and detailed understanding of the law in three specific areas. For one of these areas, the candidate must also demonstrate a sound practical understanding of the legal practice that arises from the law.  The candidate must also demonstrate the required level of underpinning professional legal skills by undertaking two mandatory Professional Skills units.  The structure of the qualification is as follows:


CILEx Level 6

Professional Higher Diploma

in Law and Practice

1 Practice unit plus its linked Law unit + any other 2 Law units + both Professional Skills units

The final academic stage towards becoming a Legal Executive. Completion of the qualification ensures candidates are eligible to become members of CILEX.


No Practice unit can be counted as achievement towards the Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma without the candidate having also achieved the linked Law unit*. The following table summarises the relationship between Law and Practice units:


You must do the following Law unit …

… if you intend to do this Practice unit …

Unit 1 Company and Partnership Law

Unit 16 The Practice of Company and Partnership Law

Unit 2 Contract Law or

Unit 13 Law of Tort *

Unit 15 Civil Litigation *

Unit 3 Criminal Law *   **

Unit 18 Criminal Litigation

Unit 4 Employment Law

Unit 19 The Practice of Employment Law

Unit 7 Family Law

Unit 20 The Practice of Family Law

Unit 9 Land Law *    **

Unit 17 Conveyancing *

Unit 14  Law of Wills and Succession

Unit 21 Probate Practice

Unit 22 Client Care *

Unit 23 Legal Research **


* Year 1 Level 6 taught modules

** Year 2 Level 6 taught modules


Once you have been awarded a place, you will, in due course, need to complete the CILEx Registration Membership document and this can be found at:  Thereafter you will need to register for your exams:


CILEx Manuals can be purchased here: - we would advise new students to purchase books before the start of the course


This course is also available for Advanced Learner Loan funding on a year by year basis.   The maximum value of the loan is £1,265, therefore per year you’d be expected to pay the remainder of our course fees upon booking (£875) - instalment options are available.  Contact us should you wish to book by this method.  Subject to change each September

Entry Requirements

All students enrolling on this course are strongly recommended to pass 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language or Literature or equivalent (CILEX Level 3 Vocational Paralegal Studies Certificate).  You will need an CILEX Level 3 qualification or an exemption given by CILEX to take part of the course.  An exception could be the HND in Legal Studies or an equivalent qualification approved by CILEX.   The route to qualification as a Legal Executive requires completion of the following CILEX Professional Qualifications:


·         Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law.

·         Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law (or exemption from these qualifications or subjects within the qualifications).

·         Completion of 5 years Qualifying Employment (2 years of which must be undertaken after reaching the Membership grade).

·         Application to become a Fellow of CILEX (supported by a Certificate of Fitness signed by your employer or supervisor).

How will I be assessed?



Cilex examinations for qualifications modules are hand written and paper-based. 

What can I do next?

CILEx Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice (Level 6) Year 2

For more information

For more information about this course, contact our specialist team on 01254 29 25 00 or email