Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law

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Study for a University of London Certificate of Higher Education in Jersey

The Institute enables students in Jersey to study for the University of London Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE). This academic qualification is ideal for people who want to study English law for career or personal reasons but don’t want to commit themselves to a full LLB law degree. Law is also a fascinating subject to study in its own right.

The CertHE covers the same first four subjects taken by students enrolled on the LLB law degree but forms a freestanding academic qualification in its own right. It can be completed in one year (September to June ) by full time study, or spread over two years. Study sessions, led by experienced academics from the UK, take place on weekday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. The diploma requires a considerable amount of independent study. Attendance of classes is compulsory.

What is covered?

Four areas of English law are studied:

  • Legal System and Method;
  • Criminal Law;
  • Elements of the Law of Contract;
  • Public Law (British constitutional law).


Students studying part-time over two years take:

  • Legal System and Method and Public Law in year one;
  • Criminal Law and Elements of Contract Law in year two.

Entry requirements:

Although for the LLB degree a track record of academic qualifications is normally essential to study at the Institute (A-level grades of at least BCC or an undergraduate degree in another discipline), a broader range of factors is taken into account for the CertHE. The Institute will look at a person’s qualifications, skills and experience in the round. A-levels or the equivalent are not essential.

 How much does it cost?

The fees are the same as for the first year of the LL.B Course.


To start in September, applications must be received by the end of August. Places are, however, limited and will be filled as applications are processed.

Admission Process:
  1. Research the CertHE by visiting the University of London website. If you have questions or would like an informal discussion with Institute of Law staff please visit us in person by appointment, email or telephone 01534 826060. This is not part of the selection process.
  2. Make a formal application for a place at the Institute by completing the online application form. You will be asked to a written test and an interview with the Director of Studies or other senior staff, designed to test your verbal reasoning skills and your motivation for studying law. You may be asked about current law-related new stories, so you should read a good quality newspaper for several days before the interview. If you are outside Jersey, we may interview you by phone or Skype. Expect the test to last about 30 minutes and the interview to last about 15 minutes, so allow an hour in total. We also ask for a handwritten personal supporting statement and the name of a referee.