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.
This BTEC 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 the practical elements of law and developing practical skills as well as academic knowledge. The department has links with local law firms and higher education institutions, and students may be able to gain first-hand experience of legal work or study of law at a higher level.
The topics you will study are:
Dispute Solving in the Legal System, Understanding Law Making, Aspects of Legal Liability, Homicide and Police Powers, Employment Law, and the Law of Tort.
You will be assessed 100% through coursework assignments.
The department offers a long established Solicitor Mentoring Programme which all students can apply to. There is also a Law Academy scheme with 12 annual places for either A level or BTEC students. This programme consists of a mentoring scheme, masterclasses by legal professionals, visits to the legal workplace, and the possibility of a paid internship during the summer at the end of year one. Students are selected by application and panel interview.
For all students, we offer court visits and mock trials, and you can also benefit from a wide range of visiting speakers such as solicitors, barristers, and judges. We also provide employability skills sessions for all students who wish to attend.
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.
Did you know?
Historians believe that the earliest lawyers existed in the government of Ancient Greece.
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