Applied Law
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (Equivalent to an AS level)
  • Subsidiary Diploma (2 years, equivalent to an A level)

Course Description

This course offers an exciting alternative to A level Law for those who prefer coursework to written examinations. You will develop invaluable academic and practical skills and will gain a nationally-recognised and vocationally-specific qualification. The course also provides exciting routes into legal apprenticeships and legal executive courses.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements for this course/level.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

The course includes the following units:

  • Civil Dispute Solving in the Legal System – Law of Negligence in English Law
  • Developing Legal Skills of Research, Communication and Synthesis
  • Understanding Law Making – How are Laws Made? How do Judges Make Decisions?
  • Aspects of Legal Liability – What do You Need to Prove in Court to Convict?
  • Purposes and Types of Sentences Imposed in Court
  • Aspects of Tort – Negligence, Employers’ Liability and Trespass to the Person
  • Criminal Law – Murder, Manslaughter and Defence

This course enables you to develop skills required within the legal sector and it also gives you the opportunity to progress onto vocational qualifications in higher education, such as foundation degrees in business and law, and some law degrees.

50% coursework / 50% controlled assessment

There are opportunities for students to visit the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court. A proficient knowledge of the law will also facilitate many other areas of employment – retail and marketing for example. The E6 Programme can also help you refine your CV writing and interview skills for job applications.

There are many pathways that work effectively with this course, including 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