L3 BTEC Applied Law

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.” Aristotle 

The first three units will give you an introduction to the court structure - both civil and criminal, the ways in which Law is made and elements of substantive civil and criminal law in the form of negligence and non-fatal offences against the person. This will provide a foundation for the study of three optional units in the Subsidiary Diploma.

 Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form. 

Course Description

You will complete three units in the first year and three units in the second year, all of which are  assessed by coursework

These three units must be studied.

Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Legal System

The aim of this unit is to give you an understanding of the difference between civil and criminal law and the lawyers and lay people involved in the dispute resolution process.

Unit 2: Understanding Law Making

The aim of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the different ways in which laws are created and their importance, together with knowledge of how laws are interpreted.

Unit 3: Aspects of Legal Liability

The aim of this unit is to give your an understanding of the tort of negligence and the principles of criminal liability, together with knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.

Optional Units

To achieve the subsidiary diploma you must complete three of the following optional units in addition to Units 1, 2 and 3.

  • Unit 4: Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  • Unit 5: Aspects of Property, Offences and Police Powers
  • Unit 6: Contract Law
  • Unit 7: Consumer Law
  • Unit 8: Aspects of the Law of Tort
  • Unit 9: Aspects of Employment Law
  • Unit 10: Aspects of Family Law

Exam board

  • Pearson / Edexcel

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  • The BTEC qualification is assessed by 100% coursework; this will be delivered in various ways such as reports, presentations, discussions, role plays and articles.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Coursework can be challenging and stressful.  In order to assist your child talk to them, proof read their work for them and encourage them to present their work to the highest standards

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