BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Law
Course Level – 3
Course Type – BTEC
Specific Entry Requirements
Five GCSEs at grade 5-9 including English Language and Maths
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18
About The Course
The course is designed for students who would like to find out more about Law and the Legal System and who would prefer a combination of coursework and examinations and progress to study Law at University or in law-related careers.
Teaching is through a variety of scenario-based tasks and applying the legal questions and theory to them; independent research on legal texts and cases; class debates and discussions on legal topics; group work involving research and presentations.
Topics include understanding and applying civil and criminal law, how laws are made, the court system, the legal profession in general. This course is equivalent to 1 A-level.
How Is The Course Taught?
Classroom delivery involves a student-centered focus of research and problem-solving of legal questions and scenarios. There are class discussions led by tutor on teaching materials. There is an expectation of at least 2-3 hours per week of independent reading outside of class on current legal news topics to then discuss the following week.
How will I be Assessed?
Assessment is through a variety of scenario-based activities, problem-solving activities, and essay-style questions. There are 4 units of assessment over the course. In Year 1 there is an external exam that involves pre-reading material of research and notes, and one unit of an internally set and marked assignment. Year 2 has an external supervised assessment and a unit that is an internally set assignment.
What does it lead to?
Studying law compliments many other degrees and some common combinations include English, History, Sociology, Psychology, Politics, and Business. You will need to have 2+ other A-levels to go to study at higher education.
A qualification in law can lead to careers in the Civil Services, Police, Teaching, Barrister or a Conveyancer and can lead to salaries between £25,000 to £50,000.