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 1

Unit 1: Dispute Solving in Civil Law

This externally assessed unit focuses on civil law and will offer you the opportunity to explore the civil court system as well as alternatives to the courts, such as mediation. You will examine different sources of legal advice as well as the cost of bringing a case.

There will also be a focus on how the courts make law by setting precedents as well as a closer examination of a substantive area of law, namely tort law. This is the area of law which includes negligence which we would all have to rely on should we want to sue somebody if we were involved in an accident and it was somebody else’s fault. This unit explores the law behind a negligence claim and how it is decided whether somebody is liable and must therefore pay compensation.

Assessment Method

A task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. You will be given information about a case one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of one and a half hours, in one sitting, on a specified date.

Unit 2: Criminal Law and the Legal System

This internally assessed unit focuses on criminal law and will offer you the opportunity to explore the criminal court system. You will learn about the people involved in a criminal trial, including the solicitors, barristers and judges as well as the lay people such as juries and magistrates. You will also find out about how a criminal trial is funded.

You will also be required to apply the law to case studies and you will be looking in detail at non-fatal offences against the person such as assaults, batteries and grievous bodily harm. You will then progress on to applying the aims and types of sentencing to these crimes, whilst considering aggravating factors of the crime and any other relevant sentencing guidelines.

How laws are made by Parliament and then interpreted by judges is also part of this unit. Understanding where laws come from is an essential part of legal study and you will be required to research the stages of a Bill through Parliament and the various rules that are used by the courts when trying to make sense of these laws. You will also study delegated legislation; an example of this is a law that requires you to pick up your dog droppings or a law that says you can’t pick pebbles from a beach because it is a protected site.

Assessment Method

Internal assessment


Year 2

Unit 3: Applying the Law

This externally assessed unit focuses on specific crimes, including homicide and offences against property, as well as the police procedures for dealing with such offences.

Crime has an enormous impact on society and particularly on those directly involved in a case. In this unit, you will examine case law relating to real-life crimes. In this unit, you will be encouraged to consider the impact and consequences of crime. You will examine homicide offences, including murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. You will examine crimes against

property such as theft, robbery and burglary.  You will also examine the law relating to arrest, detention and searching people and property. You will need to be aware of specific Acts of Parliament that relate to criminal offences and police procedures and you will have the opportunity to apply the relevant law to a scenario involving a crime and you may have to decide how to advise clients or how the police should respond to a particular situation.

Assessment Method

You will be given a task, set by Pearson, that will assess your ability to explain, analyse and evaluate aspects of criminal law by applying the law to two cases.

You will be given information about the two cases two weeks prior to the supervised assessment. This will give you time to carry out research.

The supervised assessment is a maximum of two hours, in one sitting, on a specified date, timetabled by Pearson.

Unit 4: Aspects of Family Law

Family law is an area of law that deals with some of the most important and sensitive aspects of our lives, with the courts mainly getting involved only when there are disputes that need to be resolved. There are various legal regulations governing our family lives and the formation of adult relationships. This unit will enable you to understand and evaluate key aspects of family law including the distinction between marriage and cohabitation and their legal consequences. You will examine the key requirements for the formation of a valid marriage and civil partnership and how these relationships may become either void or voidable, leading to the possibility of a marriage being annulled. You will investigate how individuals may terminate their adult relationships and the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown. You will also examine the laws governing parenthood and parental responsibility and how the courts resolve disputes regarding children.

Assessment Method

Internal assessment

Examination board

Pearson Edexcel

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.

Your application starts here

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