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Applied Law

Level 3

Qualification: BTEC National Extended Certificate

Duration 2 years

What will I study?

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is an opportunity for students interested in a Law-related career, who prefer to be assessed through a mixture of internal assessments, set tasks and external examinations. You will take on a more practical approach to studying Law and gain an understanding of the work and skills involved in legal careers, such as Legal Executives and Paralegals. You will complete a number of assignments to develop your knowledge, analysis and evaluation of the Law.

You will study aspects of legal liability in both Criminal and Civil Law, together with understanding law making and dispute solving. In Criminal Law, you will have the opportunity to learn
about elements of a crime (actus reus and mens rea), non-fatal offences (common assault through to GBH) and sentencing (prison, fines, discharges and community sentences). Liability
in Civil Law covers the elements of the tort of negligence and the award of damages available. Understanding law making will provide you with an insight into the different types of laws and
the procedures that must be followed.  Whilst studying dispute solving, you will learn about the courts and the people involved in the legal system, from highly skilled judges to ordinary members of the community sitting on the jury.

All topics are taught in an applied way, to develop students’ capacities to offer legal advice and guidance in ways that echo the professional practice of solicitors and other legal personnel.

The course is partly designed by professional bodies aiming to develop requisite professional skills and knowledge for students interested in careers in Law.

Study Visits

There will be study visits to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and an opportunity to visit the Nottingham Galleries of Justice.


There is no charge for visits to local courts.  Other day trips will normally cost approximately £15.


The course is assessed through a mixture of internal assessments, set tasks and external examinations.

Entry Criteria

General Level 3 entry requirements including 4 in English and 3 in Maths.

Useful Supporting Courses

Links very well with a number of subjects including: History, Psychology, English, Economics, Business Studies and Sociology and can be taken with any other A Level/BTEC.


A qualification in BTEC Applied Law is highly valued by many employers, in particular, because of the critical thinking and analytical skills which studying the subject promotes. As well as the obvious career choice of joining the legal profession as a barrister, solicitor, legal executive or paralegal, Law graduates frequently find themselves working in the commercial
sector, business and finance, social welfare, human resources management and with charities.

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Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

BTEC Law Course Overview