btec lEVEL 3 sINGLE

Course Description

This course will give you an introduction to the court structure – both civil and criminal, the ways in which Laws are made and elements of substantive civil and criminal law in the form of negligence and non-fatal offences against the person.

Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed units and Units 2 and 4 are internally assessed. 

Unit 1 

Dispute Solving in Civil Law 

We all need to be aware of how civil disputes are settled and where to seek advice when things go wrong. This unit uses the law of negligence and the way in which claims, such as damage or losses resulting from a car crash or causing injury to another person, are dealt with in English law. In this unit, you will learn about the courts that deal with civil law disputes, in addition to 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 and will be able to use these research skills 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 

Everyone has to live and operate within the law. Punishments can be imposed for breach of the law. This unit will enable you to understand how laws are made and used, particularly criminal laws, and where advice on those laws can be obtained. In this unit, 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 be able to use these research skills to investigate the way in which the law is developed and applied. You will investigate who decides the outcome of criminal cases and where advice and representation can be obtained and how it can be paid for. Then with the aid of non-fatal offence case studies, you will apply and present this information professionally to clients. 

Unit 3: 

Applying the Law 

Crime has an enormous impact on society and particularly on those directly involved in a case. In this unit, you will be encouraged to consider the impact and consequences of 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. You will also examine the law relating to arrest, detention and searching people and property. 

Unit 4: 

Aspects of Family Law 

Family law is an area of law that deals with some of the most important and sensitive aspects of our lives, with the courts mainly getting involved only when there are disputes that need to be resolved. This unit will give you an understanding of the laws governing parenthood and parental responsibility and will examine how the courts resolve disputes regarding children. 

Two years

A range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life and to allow access to employment opportunities in the legal sector.

Can be studied as part of a vocational programme oalongside an A-Level programme.  

  • Visits to law courts, the London Dungeons and to the Houses of Parliament
  • Trip to New York City
  • Speakers on a variety of topics are invited to college

BTEC Applied Law is a Level 3 vocationally specific qualification suitable for those wishing to enter employment in the legal sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications or to a Law honours degree.

A minimum of 5 GCSEs Grade 4 and above, including Grade 5 in English and Maths.

50% internally assessed

50% externally assessed 

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