CILEx Distance eLearning
Brightlink Learning is the business and learning community led by Lorna Baldry (formerly Lorna Williams). We have experience of successfully designing, delivering, assessing and managing learning for and with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives for over 16 years.
Brightlink’s overall aim and mission is ‘Inspiring Potential’ using a blue sky approach to learning management. This means being able to place our learners and their needs at the forefront of all we do. We are not subject to the restrictions of colleges or large companies yet we have more experience and effective approaches than some small training providers. You and your learning and success are the priorities for our family run business.
Our CILEx elearning is entirely focused on your learning needs, development and success. We provide wholly online, totally flexible learning. You study and communicate with us completely online, in your own time whenever you choose and as often as you choose. You can join our programmes of study at any time.
The founder of Brightlink, Lorna Baldry, was among the first to research, design, build and manage eLearning for CILEx study so no-one is better placed to work with you. Our international tutors are experts in their subject areas and in teaching and learning. Learners engaged in our study feedback that the support they enjoy is second to none.
Blue sky learning management refers to a needs led strengths based approach to learner centred lifelong learning. This learning will be effective and sustainable rather than led or constrained solely by funding or curriculum rules although these are fully understood and simply considered and applied in a slightly different way. Brightlink Learning will enable and empower learning for all, in their context, at their pace.
Learning with Brightlink
You can choose to begin studying with Brightlink eLearning at any time and once you purchase your units and join our learning community you will have access to our resources right away.
A tutor will contact you soon after you first access your units of study and will help you design a study schedule just for you, ask you what your needs are and work with you towards meeting those learning needs. It is estimated that you will spend 70 hours studying per level 3 unit and 150 per level 6 unit. This includes time spent on e-mail, video chat and telephone calls with your tutor, reading the text books recommended by the CILEx examiners and the examination.
You can choose to sit assessments in either January or June examination sittings and will just enter yourself for assessment directly with CILEx. More information can be found at www.cilex.org.uk
We provide you with learning guidance and support, critical skills development, expert subject tuition and resources in the form of notes, mind maps, study guides, articles, regular updates, references to recommended reading, video conferencing with your tutor and e-mails. We also provide exercises and tests for you to practise your skills in readiness for assessments. Your tutor will mark these, give you feedback and help you to progress. We strongly recommend that you purchase the text recommended by CILEx for each unit you study. These are texts by a variety of different publishers and we will set you supporting reading for your study to make sure you’re reading the same content as the examiner. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about where you can purchase the recommended texts when we first begin working with you. Texts tend to range in price from around £25 to £50.
There are no rules for how long you can take to complete CILEx qualifications. Your subscription to a Brightlink eLearning unit will be for a set period of time, 6 months for a level 3 unit and 10 months for a level 6 unit. This focuses your learning and enables us to keep your costs down while still providing unlimited tutor contact. You can buy a further subscription for the same unit straight away when you finish your existing subscription or after a short break, should you feel you need to. On average people who study at colleges or with private training providers will choose to study 5 level 3 units in a year or 3 level 6 units. However you may study as many or as few as you like and complete more quickly or take longer to fit study around family, work or other commitments.
We provide CILEx units at levels 3 and 6 and will be adding to our offer all the time. Keep checking our website for the most up to date list of available subjects.
Funding your study
We keep our fees as low as possible because our business mission and ethos is about working with rather than to or for learners. We aren’t a money focused business, lots of what we earn is ploughed back into continuously improving your learning experience. We’re able to keep costs so low because we are wholly online and have few overheads.
You can choose to study as many or as few units as you wish to make learning as affordable as you need it to be.
If your employer will be paying for your study we will be delighted to invoice them directly. If you would like help putting together a business proposal for your employer to fund all or part of your study we would be happy to advise you on this and work with you.
Starting to Study
You don’t need any prior qualifications to study CILEx level 3 units but we would strongly advise that if you don’t have GCSEs or recent study experience you get in touch with us first so we can talk through the demands of the course with you and make sure you have the time and skills you need. Recent or current experience working in the legal sector can be much more relevant than prior qualifications and we and CILEx really value all your experiences.
Before you begin your studies give some thought to the time you have to spend so you can make the most of the subscriptions you purchase and made sure you don’t overcommit. The guidance on extent of commitment is that a level 3 unit will take approximately 70 hours of your time and a level 6 unit 150 hours.
Find out about the different CILEx qualifications by following these links:
Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice http://www.cilex.org.uk/study/lawyer_qualifications/level_3_qualifications/level_3_certificate.aspx
Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice http://www.cilex.org.uk/study/lawyer_qualifications/level_3_qualifications/diploma_in_law_and_practice.aspx
Level 6 Qualifications http://www.cilex.org.uk/study/lawyer_qualifications/level_6_qualifications.aspx
Whether you’re beginning as a newcomer to the legal profession and legal study, in the midst of your training towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive or seeking to follow the CILEx route with a conversion to become a Solicitor we can help and advise you. We have experience in working in practice and listening and tutoring learners at all stages of their career and progression.
You can gain so much from studying for a CILEx qualification. Your employer can also gain. Before beginning your studies make sure you research all things CILEx at their website www.cilex.org.uk your employer may be pleased to know when they can charge or charge more for your time.
Find further career information by following these links:
Qualifying Employment http://www.cilex.org.uk/study/lawyer_qualifications/qualifying_employment.aspx
Example Salaries http://www.cilex.org.uk/study/lawyer_qualifications/salaries.aspx
Information for Students http://www.cilex.org.uk/study/information_for_students.aspx