Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who would like to find out how the legal system works. This involves studying the differences between criminal and civil law, the court system, dispute resolution and the people in the legal system. It also covers where English and Welsh law comes from, how they are applied and interpreted as well as the institutions and the laws of the European Union.

This qualification can be taken as a Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level).

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Would like to go into a career where Law would be beneficial, Police, the legal system etc
  • Would like to progress to Higher Education to study Law

What will you learn?

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Consumer Law: Learners explore how individual consumers are protected by the law when they deal with a business, either face to face or by digital means

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Evidence Evaluation 
  • Informed Judgements 
  • Exam Techniques 
  • Revision 
  • Technical Language 
  • Self Confidence 
  • Practice 
  • (Digital) Literacy (Yr1 - U2) 
  • Making Decisions 
  • Application & Contextualisation 
  • Applied Analysis 
  • Evidence Evaluation 
  • Effort 
  • Meeting Deadlines 
  • Self-responsibility 
  • Focus 
  • Seeks Challenge 
  • Research 
  • Self Motivation 
  • Literacy (English) 
  • (Digital) Literacy 
  • Application & Contextualisation 
  • Applied Analysis 
  • Effort 
  • Meeting Deadlines 
  • Technical Language 

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Lawyer
  • Solicitor

BTEC Level Three

Course Leader:
Lucy Mckenzie

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 4 in English and Maths with an average points score of 3.2 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework and exams.