Applied Law

BTEC Extended Certificate

Applied Law

Why should I study this course?

If you have always had an interest in how the law works, then this could be the course for you. The course is designed for learners who are interested in the vocational aspect of the subject with a view to working in the field of law or a related industry.

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What will I study?

Year One Units

Unit 1:
Dispute Solving in the Legal System. By the end of this unit, you will understand the hierarchy of the court system and how it works; the roles undertaken by the personnel of the courts, for example, barristers, solicitors, judges and legal executives as well as lay people such as magistrates and juries. You will also learn about alternative methods of solving disputes and ways in which individuals can fund their cases.

Unit 2:
In this unit you will learn about sources of law, in other words where the law comes from. This will include influences on Parliament, how an Act of Parliament is made, how judges create and interpret law and the impact of European Law on English Law.

Unit 3:
The aim of the final unit is to give learners an understanding of the tort of negligence and principles of criminal liability, together with the knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.

Year Two Units

Unit 1:
The aim of this unit is to give you the skills and knowledge to apply the law on murder, an understanding of the law on manslaughter, together with knowledge of police powers with respect to arrest and detention.

Unit 2:
In this unit you will learn about the law relating to property offences such as theft, robbery and burglary, fraud, criminal damage, together with further knowledge on police search powers.

Unit 3:
This unit focuses on family law and will provide you with knowledge on the four main areas of family law: marriage and relationships, divorce and ending relationships, children and maintenance.

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How is the course assessed?

There are no examinations. All units are internally marked and externally verified. For each unit, you will receive a pass, merit or distinction. You will be awarded a final grade gained through the successful achievement of individual units, although this may be subject to change once the new specification is released.

What will the course prepare me for?

This qualification aims to provide a highly specialist work-related qualification and gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment in a law related environment. The skills you develop on this course will be relevant to a variety of roles including working in a firm of solicitors perhaps as a paralegal or a trainee legal executive. The course also lends itself to a variety of other roles including working in local government or other public services such as the police force.

Private study

This course will require you to undertake approximately three hours per week of independent study.

What materials will I need to provide?

A ring binder to contain your assignments. It will be useful to have dividers and plastic wallets. A4 lined note paper. Pens and highlighters.

How will I be taught?

You will be given the opportunity to utilise a variety of research and learning techniques. You will be introduced to the topic and you will then have the ability to see how the law works through case studies, video clips and educational visits to the Magistrates’ Court. There is also a strong focus on debates and discussions within the groups.

This course is for you if...

... you have a genuine interest in law and would like to learn about this fascinating subject in depth through the completion of assignments.

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE including a grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Organisational skills
  • Research skills – to research different areas of law
  • Time- management skills – ability to work to deadlines
  • Analytical skills – especially for those hoping to achieve merits and distinctions