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Law (Applied) - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma & Certificate at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

Law is the practice of enforcing social control by regulating people’s behaviour. It is about rules, regulations and laws passed by the British Parliament and the European Union. We divide Law into the Criminal Code which deals with topic such as murder and theft and the Civil Code which deals with issues such as disputes between neighbours and personal injury claims.

Why should I take a BTEC National Award in Applied Law?

BTEC qualifications are highly regarded by both universities and employers. This programme of study will provide you with an insight into the world of legal work and would help prepare you for a career in the Police Force, Local Government, Business and areas of legal practice. It would provide a basis for future professional qualifications and a rewarding career. This BTEC course is studied over two years and is equivalent to one A level.

Useful Skills & interests

  • An enthusiasm for the subject and a commitment to study
  • An interest in contemporary society and how law operates in the real world
  • The ability to interpret and evaluate a variety of sources and write effectively
  • The capability to research material independently and meet tight deadlines

Course content

The course is made up of the following six units:

  • Dispute Solving in the Legal System
  • Understanding Law Making
  • Aspects of Legal Liability
  • Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  • Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers
  • Aspects of the Law of Tort

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied Law before but Prior Pursglove College asks that applicants have five GCSEs at grade C or above including English to start this course.


You will be required to complete six units over two years. Each unit has a mini-assessment which will be completed on a regular basis. All units must be completed by deadlines given. You will be given advice and guidance on how to maximise your portfolio of work and develop your understanding, prior to the assessments being submitted.

Financial information

Students are expected to contribute to transport costs for some optional enrichment activities.

Future opportunities

Law can be a challenging and highly rewarding career. You may wish to apply for a range of occupations related to Law and legal practice or consider studying Law at University. The BTEC National Award in Applied Law will provide you with an insight into possible career options.

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:

  • Edinburgh Napier University – Law
  • Huddersfield University – Criminology / Sociology & Criminology / Law
  • Leeds Trinity University – Forensic Psychology
  • Manchester Met University – Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • Northumbria University – Business with Economics / Law / Social Work
  • Teesside University – Accounting & Finance / Law
  • Liverpool / Manchester / Durham / Liverpool JM – Criminology / Law
  • York – Psychology
  • Sunderland – Law 

Further information

Course Commitment

You will have about four and a half hours of contact time with the teacher, together with a commitment to attend learning workshops, and you are expected to study for the same amount of time on your own.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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