Applied Law
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (1 year – equivalent to an AS Level)
  • Subsidiary Diploma (2 years – equivalent to an A Level)

Course Description

This course offers an alternative to A Level Law for those who prefer coursework/exams to written examinations at the end of their second year. You will develop academic and practical skills relevant to the legal profession 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.

Please note, you need to be prepared to get involved in debates, public speaking and mock trials during this course.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Student 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 subject choices.

The course will introduce you to the basics of the English Legal System, investigating how laws are made and how judges make decisions in court. You will develop your skills in research, communication and legal analysis. The course also covers major topics such as criminal law, tort law and family law. Within these topics you will develop your essay and report writing skills and your ability to apply the law to different scenarios. You will also present your research and legal analysis as individuals and in groups.

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.

You will also present your research and legal analysis as individuals and in groups. These skills are vital if you are deciding on a career in law but also transferable to many other career paths.

50% coursework / 50% controlled assessment

There are opportunities for students to visit the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court as well as Parliament and the Supreme Court. At various points in the course we will attend law workshops at universities too which is a great way to see if that path is for you. 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

Many of our Applied Law students go on to study Law at university.