BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Applied Law allows students to continue their education through applied learning and to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the legal sector. It aims to give a basic introduction to study of the legal sector. 

In addition to specific legal content, the requirements of the qualification will enable learners to develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers. 

The course assumes no prior knowledge of law or the legal sector and so is both an introduction to the subject and then a catalyst for a deeper understanding of legal principles in the UK legal system. 

The combination of internal and external assessment helps students to further develop their skills in analysis and evaluation. The course includes up to date legal knowledge and cases, which are regularly updated in correlation with the cases being heard in the UK courts. 

Students explore both civil and criminal law, the legal system, applying the law and family law, as well as having opportunities to learn practical skills to enable them to write a solicitor’s letter and case note files, to apply their knowledge to problem scenarios and make judgements on the likely outcome of cases.

Course duration:

2 years.

Entry requirements:

Five grades 4 and above including a grade 4 in English.

What students will learn:

Students learn about legal concepts, legal terminology and the impact of law on individuals and wider society.


Written exams, course work. 

Enrichment opportunities:

Visits to law courts, law departments and universities, including further national and international trips. Visits from guests speakers.

Possible combinations:

Criminology, Psychology, Sociology, Health and Social Care and Business Studies.

Progression routes:

University, police work, employment in the courts e.g. Court Clerk, Court Usher.

Potential university courses:

Law (LLB), Law and Criminology, Law and Criminal Justice.

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