Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice

SQA code: GL7J 53
Ofqual code: 603/0166/1
Qualifications Wales code: C00/1243/1
Total Qualification Time: 500 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 250
Credit value: 50

Regulated qualifications extend or broaden professional or vocational skills and are linked to the national apprenticeship standards.

This qualification covers areas such as the English legal system, law of contract, land law, understanding accounting procedures for probate transactions, and law of wills, succession and grants of representation.

This qualification can be delivered in England and Wales through colleges, training providers and some employers. It has been designed to be delivered as a combination of face to face delivery and/or self-directed study, or as an online course.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice has been developed in partnership with SQA and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC) after consultation with sector specialists so it is appropriate for the legal services sector.

It will help employers meet skills gaps and provide continuing professional development for staff, while candidates will gain knowledge and skills needed for progression in the workplace.

It can also be offered to people who wish to gain employment in the sector.

The unit-based structure of the qualification aids timetable flexibility as it can be delivered on a full-time or part-time basis.

This qualification provides progression routes to further study.

Who is this qualification for?

The target audience is those in work, or seeking employment, who require a specific skill set.


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Learners do not need to have formal relevant qualifications to enter this qualification. Good communication skills, both oral and written, are required. Current experience of working within a legal practice setting would be advantageous but is not mandatory.

Information for exempt students


This qualification is a mandatory component in the Legal Technician: Probate Trailblazer Apprenticeship and the Higher Apprenticeship in Probate (Wales).


Learners would have the opportunity of progressing to the SQA level 6 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires learners to complete the five Mandatory Units to achieve 50 credits (500 hours TQT)

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Qualification Specification

Regulated Qualification Specification for: SQA Level 4 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice (309 KB)

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Assessment strategy/principle

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SQA/CLC Qualifications Assessment Strategy (244 KB)

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