Applied Law BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

What will I learn?

(Level 3 Certificate in Applied Law): 1st Year

Unit 1 Dispute Solving in Civil War: You will learn about civil law, courts and disputes as well as alternative methods of resolution. The basic principles of the law of negligence are considered and applied, together with sources of advice, funding, resolution and remedies. You will develop legal skills in research to investigate the way in which the law is developed and applied through precedent. You will learn how to reference legal sources and how to communicate professionally with colleagues and clients.

Unit 2 Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System: You will develop the skills to investigate and research how different laws are made both inside and outside Parliament and then interpreted in courts. You will use these research skills to investigate the way in which law is developed and applied. This unit will also give you an understanding of the way the criminal justice system works, who decides criminal cases and where advice and representation can be obtained and how it can be paid for. You will apply and present this information professionally to clients with the aid of non-fatal offence case studies.

Unit 3 Applying the Law: In this unit, you will consider the impact and consequences of the crime. You will examine homicide offences, including murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. You will examine crimes against property such as theft, robbery and burglary.

(Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law): 2nd Year

Unit 4 Homicide: Students will take a deeper look into the lawn murder, manslaughter as well as involuntary manslaughter. Students will also look at possible defences for murder and police powers of arrest and detention.

Unit 5 Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers : Students will look at the law of theft, robbery and burglary as well as sentences for these crimes. Students will also study PACE (police powers) specifically stop and search.

Unit 8 Aspects of Tort: This unit adds to the negligence content of Unit 1 but three additional specific areas of negligence are considered – economic loss, negligent misstatements and psychiatric harm are covered.


Also all units are internally assessed with none being externally assessed.

Entry Requirements

A minimum grade 4 in Maths or English. Prior study of Law at Level 2 is not required but an interest in society, current affairs and legal issues will be helpful. An average GCSE points score of 3.2 or above.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

All units will be assessed by the completion of appropriate coursework. Students will need to work to deadlines set in order to be successful.

Who is this course aimed at?

This qualification is for post-16 learners who want to continue their education. It aims to provide 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 BTEC Nationals or A Levels. It provides 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 and Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

Law can be studied alongside a range of courses such as A Levels, and BTECs in Public Services, Applied Science, Business Studies, ICT, Media Studies and Health and Social Care.

What next?

This qualification provides a good foundation to move on to law-related careers such as the Police or a Legal Executive (the course carries some exemption from the Institute of Legal Executives exams) or any job that would benefit from an understanding of the law. It will also contribute to progression to higher education courses such as Law, Criminology or Business Studies. Students should check whether this course provides the best basis for progression to a Law degree as not all Universities accept BTECs, due to the practical nature of the assessment.



  • BTEC Level 3


  • Law

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


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