Frequently Asked Questions


What is the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration?


BTEC - What Is It?


Who is the programme aimed at?


What does the programme aim to provide?


What does the Programme cover?


How long does the course take?


How much time do you recommend to study for the programme?


Are there any eligibility requirements for the programme?


Who are the programme's tutors?


Is there any other support given?


How is the programme structured?


Are there any materials given out to assist with the course?


When are the enrolment dates for the programme?


When I am enrolled, how long will I have to wait to receive the materials?


What qualification do you get once complete the programme?


What happens if I fail any elements of the programme?


What are the overall benefits of completing the programme?


Can I telephone CLT to book onto the programme?


Do I have to make payment to secure a place on the programme?


Who do I contact for details about the programme?


What do the materials consist of?


How do I obtain my login?


If I experience problems with the programme, who do I contact?

 

 


What is the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration?

The BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration is a unique qualification designed specifically for chambers clerks. The award is a professional qualification, which certifies competence as a junior barrister’s clerk. Developed by Central Law Training (CLT) in consultation with the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) and validated as a BTEC qualification by Edexcel the levels of competence for the award have been set nationally.

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BTEC - What Is It?

BTEC qualifications from Edexcel are industry recognised flexible skills-based vocational qualifications.

The vocational and practical nature of BTEC qualifications provide this understanding. They offer a transferable qualification and are also recognised by universities allowing progression into higher education.

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Who is the programme aimed at?

The programme is aimed at Barristers Clerks with experience up to three years. Delegates will need to be working in Chambers, under the guidance of a mentor.

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What does the programme aim to provide?

  • Enhance career profile
  • Become more proficient
  • Improve service to clients and members of chambers
  • Secure a transferable qualification
  • Gain more confidence in the workplace

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What does the Programme cover?

The programme consists of four distance learning units:
  • Barristers’ Clerks - Their Work in Context
  • The English Legal System
  • Communication Skills
  • Practical Clerking


These are then assessed by way of assignments.


Unit 1 - Barristers’ Clerks - Their Work in Context requires students to study the way barristers and their clerks organise their work and the professional context in which they operate. The clerk will attend a half day introductory course and will also study by way of distance learning. The assessment of knowledge and understanding in this unit will be by way of written assignment.


Unit 2 - English Legal System requires students to study aspects of the English Legal System, which most closely relate to the work of barristers’ clerks. The clerks study this by way of distance learning and the distance learning materials are available online. The student will be assessed by way of written assignment.


Unit 3 - Communication Skills focuses on developing good oral and written communication skills. Attendance will be required at a half-day course. Clerks will also study by way of distance learning. The assessment of a student’s communication skills will be by way of written assignment.


Unit 4 - Practical Clerking focuses on developing a student’s ability to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge essential to carrying out the range of tasks and duties of junior clerks in chambers. It will require the study of knowledge of the core work of chambers. The teaching in this unit will be by way of distance learning materials and assessment will be by way of a student prepared portfolio.


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How long does the course take?

The course takes around one year to complete.

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How much time do you recommend to study for the programme?

It is anticipated that you will allow three months for each Unit.

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Are there any eligibility requirements for the programme?

There are no eligibility requirements for the programme, however, the clerk will need basic IT skills, and in particular Internet based skills in order to complete the programme.

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Who are the programmes tutors?

Lorraine Richardson MA (Cantab), Solicitor, specialising in residential conveyancing in a practice in Suffolk. Lorraine has a wealth of experience, and is also a co-editor of the popular and practical Law Society publication “Conveyancing Forms and Procedures”.

Vincent Denham has more than fifteen years experience working with lawyers and is presently Chief Executive with St Johns Chambers in Bristol.

Tutor support is available via email and through CLT. Clerks should email chambersadmin@clt.co.uk or contact their Qualifications Co-ordinator on 0121 362 7526

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Is there any other support given?

All clerks who register for the programme will require a mentor. This will normally be a senior member of the clerks’ team in the student’s chambers (typically with eight to ten years’ experience in chambers), but could, where appropriate, be a senior member of another set. The mentor’s role will be to support the student by guiding them through work of the kind that will need to be done to complete assessment exercises. The mentor will also advise and support the student in finding the necessary resources and time to make progress though the programme of work. They will need to be satisfied, as far as is possible, that work submitted for assessment is the work of the student alone. Details of the mentor should be included on the registration form.

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How is the programme structured?

The clerk will complete the programme through a combination of distance learning and face to face sessions. There are two taught courses and these are in respect of Unit 1 Barristers Clerks - Their Work in Context and Unit 3 Communication Skills.

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Are there any materials given out to assist with the course?

Distance learning materials are available on the website www.barristers-clerks.com; clerks will be provided with a login which will enable the clerks to access the materials. Course materials will also be available on the face to face sessions.

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When are the enrolment dates for the programme?

Clerks can book onto the programme at any time, however, the course start dates are twice yearly in May and November.

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When I am enrolled, how long will I have to wait to receive the materials?

Materials will be available online from the commencement dates for the course i.e. if you commence in May your materials will be available from May.

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What qualification do you get once you complete the programme?

Once completed you are awarded the BTEC Advanced Award in Chambers Administration, which is awarded by Edexcel as a professionally recognised qualification.

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What happens if I fail any elements of the programme?

Clerks are able to re-take or submit an assignment on one further occasion after their original submission date. If after the second attempt you are not successful you will need to pay the fee’s again to complete the course.

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What are the overall benefits of completing the programme?

The programme will enable clerks to demonstrate their competence in working in a chambers environment and will show that a clerk has a number of different skills for their job role. It will also enhance the clerk’s CV and career prospects.

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Can I telephone CLT to book onto the programme?

There is a booking form attached to the brochure. The booking form shows the terms and conditions of booking and sets out all the details we require to enable us to process your booking correctly. You may contact the Qualifications Coordinator via telephone to discuss any questions you might have.

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Do I have to make payment to secure a place on the programme?

Yes, full fees are payable upon enrolment.

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Who do I contact for details about the programme?

The Qualifications Coordinator can be contacted on 0121 362 7529 or by email at chambersadmin@clt.co.uk

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What do the materials consist of?

The materials are primarily distance learning materials which are available on the website www.barrister-clerks.com once you have been provided with your student login details.

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How do I obtain my login?

Your login will be activated when you enrol and all information you need will be provided to you by letter.

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If I experience problems with the programme, who do I contact?

If you experience any problems, please contact the Qualifications Coordinator who will be happy to discuss them with you or email chambersadmin@clt.co.uk

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