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Applied Law BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma at Brooklands College

Course description

The Subsidiary Diploma course is made up of six units - three Core Units studied in Year 1 and three Specialist Units in Year 2. Each Unit is assessed solely by assignments.

Who is the course suitable for?
If you are interested in law and current affairs then this course is for you. It provides you with a good basis for related careers and is a useful subject for entry into a variety of Higher Education courses. However, it is not essential to the study of Law at university.

The BTEC Level 3 Certificate lasts for 1 year and is equivalent to an AS Level. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma takes 2 years and is equivalent to an A level.

Course content

YEAR 1 - BTEC Certificate
The three Core Units are:

  1. Dispute Solving in the Legal System: This unit teaches you about the hierarchy of the court system and the different roles of its personnel (judges, magistrates, solicitors, barristers, etc). You will also look at the alternatives to taking a case to court, and the finance available for legal issues.
  2. Understanding Law Making: This explains how legal and statutory rules are created and how they are interpreted by legal professionals. You will also look at European law and the role of the EU.
  3. Aspects of Legal Liability: This unit looks at the law of negligence and the rules on measuring and paying damages. You will also learn about the elements of a crime and the aims of sentencing.

YEAR 2 - BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
The above three Core Units PLUS the following three Specialist Units:

  1. Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers: This unit focuses on the law of murder and manslaughter. You will learn about requirements regarding lawful arrest and the detention of suspects.
  2. Contract Law: This examines various issues surrounding contracts. You’ll learn how a valid contract is formed, how various contract terms function and how contracts can be ended.
  3. Aspects of Family Law: In this unit you will learn about the legal obligations of relationships and the law surrounding their cessation. You’ll also learn about laws relating to children and maintenance.

Entry requirements

You need 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C (including a grade B in GCSE English Language).


All assessment is by assignments so there are no external exams. Assignments are marked internally and you are given a chance to improve the work as a result of feedback. For the BTEC Certificate (1 year) students will complete three modules and a further three modules for the BTEC Subsidiary (two year).

Financial information

You will be expected to purchase the core text costing approximately £15.

Future opportunities

Law combines well with other humanities and business subjects and will count towards Higher Education entrance. It is particularly helpful to those wishing to enter the legal profession, social work, personnel, police work, banking, finance and business generally. An A Level in Law can provide exemption from certain institutions’ professional examinations if they have a law paper.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016
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