L3 BTEC Applied Law

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

This qualification is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning and to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the legal sector. It aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the legal sector. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. 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. 

Entry requirements

Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x 9 - 5 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

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to ensure that it supports progression to higher education. It includes the opportunity to develop the research, communication, presentation, decision-making and critical-thinking skills valued by higher education. In addition, employers have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the legal sector.

The learning programme covers the following content areas:

  • Dispute solving in civil law - In this unit, you will learn about the courts that deal with civil law disputes, in addition to alternative methods of resolution.
  • Investigating aspects of criminal law and the legal system - In this unit, you will develop the skills to investigate and research how different laws are made both inside and outside Parliament and then interpreted in courts.
  • Applying the law - 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.
  • Aspects of family law - This unit will enable you to understand 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.

The qualification carries UCAS points and if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, then it is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. It will support entry to many higher education courses, depending on the other qualifications learners have taken.

Exam board

  • Pearson / Edexcel

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360 GLH - Equivalent in size to one A Level. 4 units of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content (83%) and External assessment (58%).

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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