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Course overview

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Law is a unique qualification in the legal sector, providing an excellent introduction to law and giving you an edge when progressing to higher education and employment. The qualification carries UCAS points and is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning. It is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. In fact four out of five BTEC students go on to receive a First or Second class degree.

The aim of the course is to explore the underlying framework of the law and learn and apply key areas. You will study four units including Dispute Solving in Civil Law, Investigating Aspects of Crimiinal Law and the Legal System, Applying the Law and Aspects of Tort Law. Upon completion of the course you will understand the law of negligence, know the different non-fatal offences, advise about a murder case and describe how laws are made and applied.

But the emphasis is not just on knowledge; key skills are also developed throughout the course. There will be opportunities for you to develop essential employability skills including problem-solving, communication, negotiation, self-management, resilience and presentation. If you are looking to enter Higher Education then the course provides skills that are vital for success at university including the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically and being able to give presentations.

Much of the subject matter is approached through class discussion, the use of video material, internet activities, text books and reference to topical events. You will be given a course handbook that contains information, activiities and homework tasks to be completed. You will be encouraged to draw on your own experiences in order to look at the world and analyse current affairs within a legal framework.

What else do I need to know?

The Law department is a very innovative department and makes comprehensive use of the college Virtual Learning Environment (i-Site). All materials including online text books, online law journals, Twitter, revision booklets and MP3 revision files can be accessed by all learners via the Internet. In addition to the classroom activities, the Law department runs an annual study visit to London and has a numbrer of guest speakers to visit the college such as solicitors, barristers and the CPS to provide career advice.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have high overall GCSEs with a minimum of five 9-4 grades, which should include three or more at grade 5 or above. Your GCSEs should include maths and English at a minimum of grade 4.

How is it assessed?

Your BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Law qualification takes a unit-by-unit approach and offers a combination of assessment styles. 58% of the qualification consists of externally marked assessments which are set and marked by the examining board and require you to respond to a pre seen case study. The remaining assessments are set and marked internally using a variety of styles to ensure a broad range of transferable skills. All units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction (D), Merit (M), Pass (P), Near Pass (N) and Unclassified (U).

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit

What can I do next?

You will gain a nationally recognised qualification accepted by employers and as an entry requirement in Higher Education. Law qualifications are well regarded in banking, the Civil Service, Local Government and industry. Besides leading to a career in the legal profession, it can help to develop a career in marketing, personnel and retail management.

How do I find out more?

For more information please contact Mark Stokes (Head of Law). Email: or telephone: 01782 254375.

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