Why study applied law?

The applied law course gives students a basic introduction to study of the legal sector. In addition to specific legal content, students will develop transferrable and higher-order skills highly regarded by universities and employers. Students with an interest in law, English, history or business will enjoy the course. Past students considering joining the Police force have studied this course alongside a public services qualification.

What will I learn about?

In year 12 you will study two units designed to develop your knowledge and skills:

Dispute solving in civil law
Including civil dispute resolution, English civil courts, alternatives to the courts, legal skills, sources of advice, sources of funding, the cost of taking legal action, precedent, negligence, damages, burden of proof and res ipsa loquitur.

Investigating aspects of criminal law and the legal system

Studying how statutory rules are made and interpreted, how law is made outside of parliament, EU law, the legal profession, criminal trials, legal advice and representation, lay and legal personnel, the judiciary, elements of a crime, non-fatal offences, aims of sentencing, factors in sentencing, types of sentencing.

In year 13 you will study:
• Applying the law
• Aspects of criminal law
• Aspects of Tort law (optional)

How will I be assessed?

• Examinations
• Coursework

Future pathways and careers

• Legal profession
• Police
• Prison service
• Courts and criminal justice system
• Degrees in law, history, politics

This course provides the basis of an excellent route for learners to pursue a career in the legal sector. This can be through higher education (degrees in business and law) or through an advanced apprenticeship in legal services.

Course level

BTEC Level 3 – certificate/extended certificate

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in English language with four other GCSEs at grade 4 (or equivalent) or above.

Examination board



National certificate – 601/9042/5