Subject Area: Humanities
Level: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
This qualification is equivalent to one A level. Work is assessed 100% through assignments which are marked and verified internally.
You should have a grade 4 in GCSE English, a genuine interest in the subject and the motivation to apply yourself to the course.
What will I study?
This is a two year programme covering the English legal system and also the civil and criminal systems. The course focuses on the practical elements of law. BTEC students are encouraged to apply for the Career Ready and solicitor mentoring schemes run by the law department.
The course covers very similar material to the A level but the method of assessment is different, being based on coursework, rather than traditional exams. Students will write 11 assignments over the two year course. The emphasis is on developing practical skills as well as academic knowledge. The department has links with local law firms and HE institutions and students may be able to gain first-hand experience of legal work or study of law at a higher level.
The course and assignments cover the following units:
Dispute Solving in the Legal System, Understanding Law Making, Aspects of Legal Liability, Homicide and Police Powers, Property Offences, and the Law of Tort.
The course provides access to a wide range of degree courses. Alternatively, students may opt to move into a career in business or a legal apprenticeship after the course.