A qualification in law can lead to a highly successful career in the legal sector.

As a Weston College student, you will be taught by highly trained lecturers who have experience within the industry, including several with experience as examiners.

Weston College is an accredited provider of CILEx (Chartered Institute of Legal Executive) qualifications.  These qualifications are an opportunity to become a qualified chartered legal executive, an authorised person under the Legal Services Act 2007 able to undertake almost all the activities of other types of qualified lawyer, such as solicitors. Chartered legal executives can then become partners of law firms, become advocates, qualify also as solicitors and even become judges.

We offer study units to comprise the CILEx Level 3 Certificate and Diploma Qualifications and the CILEx Level 6 Higher Diploma.  We also offer the CILEx Level 6 Graduate Fast Track Diploma for those who have achieved a degree in law and now wish to become a chartered legal executive.

In 2020 Weston College's CILEx students exceed national averages in all CILEx units without exception for a third consecutive exam window. All apprentices passed all assessments and CILEx students had 100% pass rates in most units.

It's easy to apply... Now is the perfect time to apply in order to secure your place on the course/CILEx unit you are interested in. Applying for any of our law courses is easier than you think – you can apply online in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in below and clicking ‘apply now’. You will then be invited to an informal interview at the College to discuss the course and the options available. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

For more information, contact Max Weedon on 01934 411 189 or email


Blended learning

We are providing the option to study CILEx online as well as in-college. We have more than 170 professional video lectures and supporting resources available, covering every mandatory subject and many optional units by our Virtual Learning Environment for Professional courses

Official accreditation

Our CILEx courses offer qualifications highly sought after by employers.

Excellent facilities

The new Winter Gardens Law and Professional Services Academy provides excellent training rooms and other facilities for professional courses. A library is available in the day and evenings, and includes the latest textbooks and materials for CILEx courses.

Course content

The Cilex courses are designed to teach you the skills and knowledge required to pursue your career or further your education.


Our adult course provision puts us in the top 25% of colleges in the country.

Current courses available

Level 3
CILEx Professional Qualification

The CILEx Professional Qualification (CPQ) allows incremental progression through different membership grades…

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Level 3
Paralegal, Apprenticeship

If you have a strong interest in the legal field and have an attention to detail, a Paralegal Apprenticeship…

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Level 6
Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice

This course enables you to study specialist areas of law and legal practice. These can be used alongside…

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The South West’s legal sector is highly competitive and is becoming increasingly popular with clients.

Top law firms are increasingly able to offer London-level expertise at lower level regional prices.

Well known legal companies in the region include; DAC Beachcroft, Foot Anstey, Osborne Clarke, Burges Salmon and Irwin Mitchell.

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Paralegal - £12,000 to £20,000
  • Solicitor - £16,650 to £70,000
  • Legal secretary - £14,000 to £30,000

Local facts

  • The legal services sector is worth over £20bn each year to the UK economy
  • The majority of law jobs in the UK are through public sector organisations like the Crown Prosecution Service or the Government Legal Service.


"I enjoyed the classes and going to college once a week as it got me into the learning mode and it was extremely helpful as I was able to focus a lot more than what I would have done at home"


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Having already been to 2 other colleges I can honestly say that Weston College is one of the best colleges in Somerset if not the South West.

Acorn Solicitors – Level 3 Paralegal Apprentice


Bristol Law Society - Award Presentation

<p>Weston College Law learners celebrated their achievements at the Bristol Law Society Awards, which took place at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel on the 3rd November.</p>

<p>The awards were a huge success, with over 200 attendees from across the legal sector in attendance.</p>

<p>From a Weston College point of view, several of our CILEx learners made the final shortlist, which was a fantastic achievement in such a competitive award show.</p>

<p>We also celebrated the amazing achievement of Charlotte, who recently completed her Level 6 Diploma in Law and Practice, and won Support Team Member of the Year.</p>

<p>Charlotte, said: "It’s great to have so many alternative routes into law nowadays - the profession is accessible to such a wide demographic of people. CILEx helps diversify the fabric of our law system and I’m proud to say that I’ve qualified through this route."</p>

<p>Dean of Faculty for Professional Studies, Access to HE and Animal Science, Helen George, said: “We are so proud of our Law students, and it was brilliant to see so many people who trained at Weston College, at the Bristol Law Society Awards.</p>

<p>“We were particularly proud of two learners: Gemma who was a finalist for the Law Student of the Year, and Charlotte, who won Support Team Member of the Year. They have both shown a determination to succeed and have blown us away with their attitude to learning. Well done to them both.”</p>

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