Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
Grade 5 in English (language or literature)
Grade 5 in maths
Grade 5 in an essay-based subject (e.g. history) if studied

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Why study Level 3 Applied Law?

What will I study during the course duration?

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Law provides an introduction to the legal sector providing content consistent with current practice. The course supports progression to higher education, advanced apprenticeship in legal services and ultimately employment in the legal sector. It is assessed by two internally assessed units and two externally assessed units

  • Unit 1 Dispute Solving in Civil Law:  Learners explore how civil disputes are resolved, both in the courts and by alternative means. They will examine precedent and its application in the law of negligence.
  • Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System: Learners research how laws are made and interpreted, who advises and decides on the outcome of criminal cases and the punishments that can be imposed if laws are broken. They will then present advice to clients on non-fatal offence case studies. 
  • Unit 3: Applying the Law: Learners examine the law related to specific crimes, including homicide and offences against property. They will explore the police procedures for dealing with such offences.
  • Unit 7: Aspects of Tort: Learners explore how the law of tort protects people and the enjoyment of their property. They will examine compensation for loss, damage and injury in aspects of negligence, nuisance and occupiers’ liability cases.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 1 and 3 are externally assessed units where you are given information to research in preparation for a scenario and questions under supervised conditions.
  • Unit 2 and 7 are externally assessed units that are based on assignment briefs where you advise clients and write about areas of law in a variety of formats such as case file notes, client letters and legal briefings.
  • Unit 1 and 2 are studied in the first academic year and 3 and 7 in the second academic year.

Career opportunities and Future study

There are many pathways that work effectively with this course. Students go on to higher education, apprenticeships and employment often in pathways such as the following:

  • Legal Pathway – solicitor, barrister, legal executive, paralegal, court official
  • Business Pathway – CEO (chief executive officer), trading standards, accountancy, conveyancing, stockbroker, investments, banking, insurance,
  • Police Pathway – probation, police officer, forensics, PCSO (police community support officer), immigration
  • Government Pathway – ministry work, local government, politics
  • Charity Pathway – charity officer e.g. Amnesty International, international aid/development worker