BTEC Level 3 Applied Law

The BTEC National in Applied Law gives students the opportunity to study Law within a vocational framework.   It gives full time students an opportunity to progress onto apprenticeships, higher education or to enter employment through developing a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

The National Extended Certificate (equivalent to one A-level) consists of three mandatory units and one optional unit chosen by the college.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course area 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 (or BTEC equivalents).

Course Content

During the two year course students will study three compulsory units :

  • Dispute Solving in civil Law

  • Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System

  • Applying the law


They will also study one optional unit from the following list:

  • Aspects of Family Law

  • Consumer Law

  • Contract Law

  • Aspects of Tort


Assessment will be through internally marked assignments and tasks set and marked externally by the exam board . The weightings for assessment are 58% external, 42% internal.

Students can achieve Pass, Merit or Distinction grading on each unit. The final grade is an aggregate of all the unit grades to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Approach to Teaching and Learning
  • Individual research and study

  • Group work

  • Class discussion

  • Case studies

  • Off site visits to court rooms

  • Individual Reviews with your tutor

  • Talks from visiting professionals

  • Web – based research

Future Prospects

The study of Law compliments all subjects as either something different, or combines well with subjects such as English or History.  A successful study of Law also requires students to apply logic and reasoning: many great lawyers had an early background in scientific disciplines like Mathematics and Physics.  BTEC Applied Law combines particularly well with other Level 3 BTECs such as Business Studies.  It also sits well alongside traditional exam based A levels allowing you to develop complementary skills as well as contributing UCAS points.

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