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Language and the Law (Forensic Linguistics) Diploma

Designed to examine the relationship between language and law, our Level 3 Forensic Linguistics Diploma is perfect for anyone who has ever wondered how language is applied to the law or is interested in exploring a career working with legal documentation.

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Level 3 / NCFE Certificate / PI137

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Course introduction

Split into 6 detailed modules, during the course of this diploma you will be offered the chance to delve deep into the history of this unique partnership - exploring how it has developed and evolved - whilst also being given the opportunity to examine the role of forensic linguists; their involvement within the legal system and how they can help during a crime investigation.

Course Description

Every part of this customised qualification has been purposefully structured to help you lay down the foundations to what could be a promising and insightful career as a forensic linguist.

From understanding the various disciplines employed in this field, to considering the validity of forensic linguistic evidence and the drawbacks associated with this role; from day one you will be drawn into this fascinating world of language, law and legal documents.

During this Diploma you will achieve an understanding of:

•    How the language of law has developed historically alongside the development of language (which can be used to help you decipher written legal texts, Acts of Parliament and Wills).
•    How language is analysed in relation to the criminal justice system, especially in the courtroom or whilst dealing with police disclosures.
•    How language itself can be a crime.
•    The theoretical background to language as a crime.

Course Structure

This paper only course can be completed at your own pace, and is assessed through a series of marked assessments that are designed to make you use various techniques, such as data analysis, to form theories, arguments and conclusions.

In just 200 hours, you can complete the following 6 modules and benefit from a deeper understanding of:
Module 1: What is Forensic Linguistics?

Starting at the core of forensic linguistics, this module examines its role within the legal system; its various disciplines; how it underpins forensic linguistic analysis and the strengths and weaknesses of this type of evidence.

Module 2: A framework for analysing text

Over the module, students will learn a range of language features; will understand the use of grammatical structures as an analytical tool, and will be able to use an analytical framework to perform textual analysis.

Module 3: The Language of the Law

By the end of this module you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of legal language and its historical development, as well understand how UK laws are created and examine the language of Acts of Parliament and Wills.

Module 4: Courtroom and police discourses

Students will explore the history and development of the legal system; will be able to identify the roles of different court types and how they work; will be able to recognise how asymmetry is constructed, and will also be able to analyse courtroom transcripts.

Module 5: Authorship

During this module, students will develop an understanding of how individuals create their own writing styles; will explore what constitutes plagiarism and will carry out basic analysis of text.

Module 6: Language crimes

During the course of this module, students will learn how language itself can be a crime, and will uncover the balance between freedom of speech and language crime.

Combine all these modules together, and it is easy to see how this course can act as the perfect stepping stone into a career in law; working with legal documentation or reading between the lines between language and actions.

So whether you want expand your passion/hobby for language into a credible career or you are simply fascinated about the relationship between language and the law; register your interest today and you too can make a start towards a promising future.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Language and the Law (Forensic Linguistics) course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Forensic Linguistics and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.


Students are required to complete a tutor marked assignment at the end of each module. This assignment requires students to use various techniques to form arguments and conclusions including: analysing data, understanding different approaches and forming theories based on evidence. 

Upon successful completion of the 6 modules, students will receive a certificate of achievement

Awarding organisation

This customised qualification is endorsed and accredited by NCFE. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Course modules

Module 1: What is Forensic Linguistics?
Module 2: A framework for analysing text
Module 3: The Language of the Law
Module 4: Courtroom and police discourses
Module 5: Authorship
Module 6: Language crimes

Learner support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Language and the Law (Forensic Linguistics) Diploma. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you may have during your Language and the Law (Forensic Linguistics) Diploma. Additionally our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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