HNC Legal Services candidate information

HNC Legal Services

This HNC Legal Services may be of interest to you if you are already working, or wish to work, as a paralegal in a law firm or a commercial organisation.

If you are already working as a paralegal, the awards will enable you to gain a nationally recognised qualification that provides evidence of your practical, vocationally relevant skills.

The award will develop the competences you will need to undertake specialist paralegal support roles in the legal profession, or in a legal context in a variety of business, public sector or financial organisations.  There are Conveyancing, Debt Recovery, and Executry options to meet the needs of paralegals who are undertaking the award.

You will develop planning, analysis, synthesis, study and research skills whilst completing the course.

Employment and progression opportunities

There are employment opportunities in a variety of administrative roles in central and local government, or in business or commercial contexts.

You may progress to the HND Legal Services.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • At least one Higher in English, Modern Studies, History or Economics
  • An appropriate grouping of National Units in Legal Services or Communication
  • If English is not your first language, an International English Language Test Score of 5.5 (recommended Higher National entry level)
  • Higher National Unit DE1K 33 (Workplace Communication in English)

Equivalent qualifications or appropriate work experience may also be accepted for entry.