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The Administration of Estates

The Administration of Estates

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This Administration of Estates Module will consider the powers and duties of personal representative, how they administer estates including the getting of assets, the paying of debts and liabilities and the distribution of the net estate to beneficiaries including dealing with taxation so far as it relates to the administration of an estate and especially relating to inheritance tax. 

Apply above or by returning the Student Enrolment Form to

Module Content

The Administration of Estates Module is divided into 16 sections: 

Section 1: Powers and Duties of Personal Representatives

Section 2: Administering the Estate: Getting in the Assets

Section 3: Administering the Estate: Payment of Debts and Liabilities

Section 4: Legacies and Devises

Section 5: Trusts & Proprietary Estoppel

Section 6: Secret and Half-Secret Trusts

Section 7: Ascertaining the Beneficiaries

Section 8: Rights and Remedies during the Administration

Section 9: Protection of Personal Representatives

Section 10: Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family And Dependants) Act 1975

Section 11: Completing the Administration

Section 12: Principles of Inheritance Tax

Section 13: Income Tax

Section 14: Capital Gains Tax

Section 15: Estate Accounts

Section 16: Post-Death Alterations


The following resources are included in the module fee: 

- Dedicated tutor for each module (available 7 days a week)

- CLC / SQA Contract Law Manual

- SQA Student Registration fee

- Assessment fees (including reassessment fees)

- Unlimited access to our eLibrary (100s of books to support your studies)

- Live topic / revision webinars (all webinars are recorded and made available on the VLE)

- Forums where you can raise questions and discuss issues with the tutor team and other students

- Practice papers, mock exams, revision notes and revision activities

- Video lectures on every subject area

- Quizzes, Flashcards and other interactive activities

What is it like to study at Access Law?

To apply for the Administration of Estates module, simply click "Apply Now" and complete the checkout process or complete our student enrolment form and sent it to

Once your application has been reviewed you will be given access to the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to complete your student induction. 

If you are a new student, you will be required to provide photographic identification as part of your application. This can be scanned and emailed to us within 14 days.  

Payment Options

Pay by: One-off payment

You can make a one-off payment online by creditor /debit card, including MasterCard, Visa or AMEX.

Additionally, you can use convenient payment methods such as Paypal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and more.

If you prefer to pay directly from your bank account, please reach out to for our bank details. 

Pay by: Monthly payments

There are flexible payment options available for the module fee. For individual Level 6 modules, you can choose to pay in 5 monthly instalments without any interest charges or deposit requirements.


Pay by: Sponsoring organisation 

A third party (such as an employer) can pay all or part of your fees. Your sponsor should complete and return our Sponsorship Agreement Form. This must be done before you start your programme. 


The Level 6 Diploma is equivalent to the final of a degree. Typically, the Level 6 Diploma should take between 12-18 months to complete but, depending on prior knowledge of the subject and your circumstances, the Level 6 Diploma could be completed in 9-12 months . 

Where a student intends to complete the Level 4 Diploma in 12-18 months, the Administration of Estates module would usually be completed in 6-8 months. As mentioned above, this module could be completed over a longer or shorter period depending on prior knowledge of the subject and your circumstances. 

ALO will tailor your module and the support offered to help you achieve your desired outcome, in your desired timeframe.


You can apply for an exemption for the Administration of Estates module where you have a Law Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or similar qualification together with the Legal Practice Course including the Advance Private Client unit. 

To apply for an exemption you will need to provide us with evidence of your prior qualification. We will map your prior learning to the learning outcomes of the Administration of Estates module and confirm whether you are eligible for an exemption. 

Important note

Students transitioning from an external qualification to SQA must achieve at least one module without exemption to be awarded an SQA Diploma. 


This module is assessed by way of 3 hour exam.

You can apply for assessment at any time.


You can enhance your training to qualify as a Licensed Probate Practitioner. To qualify, you will need to complete 1200 hours of practical experience in addition to completing the Level 6 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice (or equivalent if applying for exemptions).

To qualify you must submit to 

1. an application form;

2. certified proof of identity and proof of current address;

3. statement of Practical Experience

4. Any supporting documents relating to conduct, financial and mental health disclosures. 

Click here to look at CLC's Guidance for Licence Applicants. 

Click here to look at CLC's FAQ's on Practical Experience

Career Path

After completing the Level 6 Diploma in Probate Law and Practice, with the requisite amount of practical experience you could then qualify as a Licensed Probate Practitioner. 

With further experience, you could go on to manage a probate department in a large firm, or set up your own probate practice.

You could also take further training to become a solicitor.