Further Information

Awarding Body: 

Highfield Qualifications

Course Duration:

6 hours guided learning (1 day)


This qualification is assessed through a 40-question multiple-choice question examination. The duration of the examination is 1 hour. Successful learners must achieve a minimum pass mark of 70%.

Overview and Benefits

Licensing law in England and Wales states that anyone who authorises the sale of alcohol to the public must hold a personal licence. Those who wish to obtain a personal licence need to apply to their local authority.

Achievement of qualification forms an essential part of the personal licence application and will enable those selling or authorising alcohol sales to operate both legally and responsibly.

Learners gaining this qualification will understand the main requirements of the Licensing Act 2003, the importance of promoting the licensing objectives and the legal responsibilities of a personal licence holder and will allow the licence holder to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol by retail on licensed premises.

Course Content

The course topics will include:

  • Nature, purpose and period of validity of a personal licence;
  • Application process and legal duties when applying for a new licence;
  • Legal duties of a personal licence holder and the Designated Premises Supervisor;
  • Roles, responsibilities and functions of licensing authorities;
  • Licencing objectives and the importance of partnerships in promoting these objectives;
  • Nature and strength of alcohol and the effect on the body;
  • Law in relation to premises licences and temporary event notices;
  • Rights and legal duties of the responsible persons in relation to operation of licensed premises;
  • The law in relation to the protection of children on licensed premises;
  • The powers of the police and other authorities in relation to licensed premises;
  • The prohibitions and exemptions in relation to licensable activities.
Course Objectives

This qualification will enable successful candidates to:

  • State the nature and purpose of a licence holder, period of validity and how an application is made;
  • Outline the licensing authority’s process for the grant or rejection of new personal licences;
  • Identify who may object to the grant or renewal of a personal licence;
  • Define the terms ‘relevant offences’ and ‘foreign offences’;
  • State the legal duty of an applicant to declare if they are convicted of any relevant or foreign offences during the application process;
  • State the penalty for failing to declare conviction of relevant or foreign offences during the application process;
  • State the legal duties of a personal licence holder;
  • State the consequences for breaching the legal duties of a personal licence holder;
  • State what licensing authorities are and their roles and responsibilities;
  • Outline what a licensing policy is;
  • Outline the purpose of a licensing hearing, including appeals;
  • State what an operating schedule should include in order to promote the licensing objectives;
  • Identify the importance of partnerships in supporting the licensing objectives;
  • Identify the role of Community Safety Partnerships;
  • State the legal definition of alcohol under licensing law and how the strength of an alcoholic drink is measured;
  • Define the terms ‘alcohol-free’ and ‘low alcohol’ and know the UK Government’s sensible drinking advice;
  • State the behavioural and psychological nature of alcohol consumption and the effects it has on the body;
  • Understand the law in relation to premises licence application, hearing, appeal and review;
  • State the mandatory conditions attached to premises licenced to sell alcohol for consumption on and/or off the premises;
  • Identify the licensable activities defined by licensing legislation;
  • State the law in relation to variations to premises licences and unauthorised licensable activities;
  • Identify what a due diligence defence is and when it may be used;
  • State penalties for breaching licensing conditions;
  • Outline the role of the and the legal responsibility of the DPS;
  • Understand temporary license activities including when police and Environmental Health Officers can object;
  • State the duty to refuse the sale of alcohol including prevention of violence and reduction in conflict and who is legally responsible for preventing disorderly conduct;
  • Understand the law in relation to the sale of alcohol to children including purchase and proof of age and breach in relation to the protection of under 18s on licensed premises;
  • State the law in relation to the closure of identified licensed premises;
  • Identify the circumstances under which sales of alcohol are not considered to be a retail sale under licensing law including which forms of entertainment are regulated and which are exempt;
  • Identify which types of premises are prohibited from selling alcohol including the sale of alcohol on moving vehicles.