Course Title Edexcel BTEC Level 3 in Applied Law (QCF) (A Level)
Level: 3
Code MS057

Overview of the Course

This coursework-based programme is designed to give you a broad study of the legal processes involved and the various people associated with the administration of justice. It has a practical element attached with visits to the courts and is enriched with talks and workshops from legal professionals.

What are the career opportunities?

This course is a stepping stone to becoming a Solicitor or Barrister, but you may also opt for a career in the legal department of your local government or commercial organisations, the Police, Probation Service, Crown Prosecution Service or criminal profiling.

What are the entry requirements?

College requirements are six GCSEs at or above grade C/4 including two subjects or more at or above grade B/5. This includes GCSE English grade 9-4 (A*-C). A minimum of 9 grade points are required for maths and English combined.

How long is the course and when can I start?

One year for the Certificate in Applied Law and one year for the Subsidiary Diploma in Law.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

During year one the course is split into three units: Unit 1 looks at the roles of magistrates and juries and lawyers, alongside how civil disputes are resolved. Unit 2 focuses on the different ways that law is made and interpreted by those in court in England. Unit 3 considers how a person may be liable under both the criminal and civil law and the various sentences and damages that could result. There are assignments set for each unit and is the equivalent of an AS Level. During year two, the second year of the BTEC Law course, you will complete assignments and coursework. During Unit 4, you will learn the legal rules governing the offences of murder and manslaughter, alongside the regulations relating to the detention of suspects at the police station. Unit 5 you will study the legal elements surrounding theft, robbery and burglary, fraud and criminal damage, as well as the regulations regarding the search of people on the street and premises by the police. Unit 7 looks at all aspects of consumer law, such as your rights to return faulty goods. By achieving both the Certificate and Subsidiary qualifications this is equivalent to one whole A Level. All BTEC Level 3 qualifications are recognised as an alternative qualification to get into university.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

On an A Level Study Programme, you will develop specialist knowledge, skills relevant to the subject you are studying – please see course subject leaflets for more information. All A Level Study Programme subjects will develop your English and communication skills. Many will also develop technical and numerical skills. All of these are transferable to any higher education and employment fields. In addition, an A Level Study Programme can develop your critical thinking skills more effectively than any other course of study. You will be exposed to a wide range of complex concepts and ideas to provoke and stimulate you, and you will have high level thinking skills that are valued in all employment fields and that will support your higher education and career goals.

Work experience

All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience in each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals. As a Law student there will be opportunities for work experience at barristers chambers and solicitors firms.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

A range of enrichment activities are available at Bury College and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development. In many cases tutors will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There are no additional costs or requirements to participate on this course.


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