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Applied Law BTEC Level 3 at St Vincent College

Course description

The first three units will give you an introduction to the court structure – both civil and criminal, they ways in which Law is made and elements of substantive civil and criminal law in the form of negligence and non-fatal offences against the person. This will provide a foundation for the study of three optional units in the Subsidiary Diploma.

Course content

BTEC Level 3 Certificate

These three units must be studied.

  • Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Legal System
    The aim of this unit is to give you an understanding of the difference between civil and criminal law and the lawyers and lay people involved in the dispute resolution process.
  • Unit 2: Understanding Law Making
    The aim of this unit is to provide you with an understanding of the different ways in which laws are created and their importance, together with knowledge of how laws are interpreted.
  • Unit 3: Aspects of Legal Liability
    The aim of this unit is to give your an understanding of the tort of negligence and the principles of criminal liability, together with knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

To achieve the subsidiary diploma you must complete three of the following optional units in addition to Units 1, 2 and 3.

  • Unit 4: Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  • Unit 5: Aspects of Property, Offences and Police Powers
  • Unit 10: Aspects of Family Law

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A* – C including English Language


100% coursework

Future opportunities

BTEC Applied Law is a level 3 vocationally specific qualification suitable for those wishing to enter employment in the legal sector or to progress to higher education vocational qualifications or to a Law honours degree

Further information

• Visits to courts and to the Houses of Parliament
• Opportunity to take part in a mock trial
• Speakers on a variety of topics are invited to college

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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