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BTEC Law at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

You will study, the difference between civil and criminal law, the different ways in which laws are created and their importance, how laws are interpreted, and the impact of European law on the UK. An understanding of the tort of negligence and the principles of criminal liability including offences against people, ie assault, battery, ABH, GBH, together with knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.

We will also be looking at applying the law on murder and manslaughter, together with knowledge of police powers with respect to arrest and detention. Then we will move on to the law relating to property offences, fraud, criminal damage, and police search powers.

Skills Needed

This is for students who perform less well in examination type environments.

This does not mean it is easier, there is a lot of coursework to complete in the two years and the standards of work to be submitted are exactly the same as an A Level in Law.

You have to be willing to put in the amount of hours needed to produce the coursework, be organised and hit deadlines which are ongoing throughout the year.

If you want a good grounding in English Law or wish this to be the start of a career in Law then this is the course for you.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1 - Dispute solving in the legal system: - Understand the hierarchy of the court system - the roles undertaken by the personnel of the courts - the alternatives to the courts, the finance of advice and representation

Unit 2 - Understanding Law Making: - Understand how legal rules are created by precedent - how statutory rules are made, how statutes are interpreted - the importance of the European legislative process and its institutions

Unit 3 - Aspects of legal liability: - Understand the impact of the law of negligence - the rules on damages - the elements of a crime - the aims of sentencing

Year 2
Unit 4 - Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers, - Be able to apply the law on murder, - the law on voluntary manslaughter, - the law on involuntary manslaughter, - the regulations regarding the detention of suspected offenders.
Unit 5 - Aspects of property offences and police powers, - Be able to apply the law on theft, robbery and burglary, - the elements of fraud, - the law on criminal damage, - the regulations regarding the powers of search of people and premises.
Unit 6 - Aspects of the law of Tort, - Know the elements of the law on liability for economic loss and negligent misstatements, - Be able to apply the law on negligence for psychiatric harm, - Be able to apply the law on negligence for occupiers’ liability, - Know the law on private nuisance.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths


Year 1

Unit 1 - Coursework 100%

Unit 2 - Coursework 100%

Unit 3 - Coursework 100%

The Level 3 Certificate is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE AS-level.

Year 2

Unit 4 - Coursework 100%

Unit 5 - Coursework 100%

Unit 6 - Coursework 100%

The subsidiary diploma is broadly equivalent to 1 GCE AS Level.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunties

There are opportunities to attend Master classes and ‘Taster Days’ at some of the local universities. Opportunities to gain work experience at local law firms. Guest speakers and trips to the local law courts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holyhead directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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