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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Law

A two-year course with 50% coursework and 50% exam content, equivalent
to one A Level, giving students the opportunity to learn key aspects of the law.
Students should have GCSE grade 5 in English.

This qualification aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the legal sector. It provides the basis of an excellent route for learners to pursue a career in the legal sector. This can be through higher education (degrees in business and law) or through an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.


Students will study the following:-


3 mandatory units - At least 1 optional unit

  1. Dispute Solving in Civil Law

  2. Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law & the Legal System

  3. Applying the Law


A choice of one of the following: -


Tort Law

Aspects of Family Law

Consumer Law

Contract Law


Dispute Solving in Civil Law

This unit uses the law of negligence and the way in which claims, such as damage or losses

resulting from a car crash or causing injury to another person, are dealt with in English law.

You will learn the structure of the civil courts as well as alternative methods of dispute resolution. You will become familiar with the basic principles of the law of negligence, together with sources of advice, funding and remedies. You will develop legal research skills and will learn how to reference legal sources and communicate professionally with colleagues and clients.


Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law & the Legal System

You will discover how different laws are made, both inside and outside of Parliament and how they are interpreted in the courts. You will use your research skills to investigate the way in which the law is developed and applied. This will include finding out who decides the outcome of criminal cases, where advice/representation may be obtained and how it can be paid for. You will further consider the sentencing options available to the courts, as well as the aims of sentencing. You will apply and present this information with the aid of non-fatal offence case studies based on assault, battery, actual bodily harm (ABH), grievous bodily harm (GBH).


Applying the Law

You will examine homicide offences, including murder, voluntary/involuntary manslaughter and corporate manslaughter. You will also examine crimes against property such as theft, robbery and burglary. In addition, defences to crimes such as duress, intoxication, self-defence, insanity and automatism will be considered. You will also study the law relating to police powers such as arrest, detention, stop and search. In this unit, you will examine case law relating to real-life crimes. You will need to be aware of specific Acts of Parliament that relate to criminal offences and police procedures. You will develop problem-solving skills and legal research skills.


Skills acquired on the course – the ability to read legal texts, write effectively, conduct legal research and analyse the law. This will prepare you for assessment methods used at degree level.

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