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Brightlink Learning is the business and learning community led by Lorna Baldry. We have experience of successfully designing, delivering, assessing and managing learning for and with the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives for over 20 years. We place our learners and their needs at the forefront of all we do. You and your learning and success are the priorities for our family run business.

The Brightlink team have been delivering CILEx courses on our website since 2015. Before that, between them the team members have more than 5 decades experience of delivering and managing CILEx learning with CILEx themselves and other accredited centres.

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 by appointment. you can join our programmes of study at any time.

the Founder of Brightlink, Lorna Baldry, was amongst the first to research, design, build and manage eLearning for CILEx study, so no -one is better placed to work with you. Our 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.

We believe in 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 rules are fully understood and applied.

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Learning with Brightlink

You can choose to begin studying CILEx law and practice courses with Brightlink at any time. Professional skills units, legal research and client care have waiting lists for January and July course starts each year, following specific schedules for the CILEx assessment window one year later. Once you purchase your units and join our learning community you will have access to our resources quickly.

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 and video chat 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 for law and practice units and will enter yourself for assessment directly with CILEx. More information can be found at

For legal research and client care units you cannot enter yourself for assessment until your tutor tells you that your work is likely to pass.

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 £50.

There are no rules for how long you can take to complete CILEx qualifications but CILEx are bring in a new set of qualifications from June 2021 which means the current qualifications at level 3 must be completed by 2023 and at level 6 by 2026.

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 level 6 units. Professional skills courses are 10 – 12 months long and follow a schedule. This focuses your learning and enables us to keep your costs down while still providing 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. If you need to at any time you can pause your law or practice courses and start them again when you’re ready.

On average people who study 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.

CILEx Courses

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 and prices.

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.

You can now join our courses with no up front fee via a loan from our finance partners Lendwise for course fees of £2000 or more. You can find more information and apply here by clicking on get started and then choosing professional qualification under loan type. Terms and conditions apply and the loan agreement is between you and Lendwise, with no involvement from Brightlink. Typical interest rates tend to range between 10 and 12 percent.

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 make sure you don’t overcommit.

Find out about the different CILEx qualifications by following these links:

Level 3 Certificate in Law and Practice

Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice

Level 3 Units link

Level 3 Assessment

Level 6 Qualifications

Your Career

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 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

Example Salary

Future Rights

Information for Students

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