Accessibility links

Law BTEC Level 3 at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

Studying BTEC Level 3 in Applied Law offers an engaging programme for those who are considering their options in terms of the area of employment that they wish to enter. The course will allow students to broaden their knowledge of the legal sector as well as deepen their skills in analysis, evaluation and application. The course is a vocational or work-related qualification. This doesn’t mean that it will give students all the skills they will need to work in the legal sector, but it does mean that they’ll have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills that are relevant to working in this sector.

Course content

Below are a list of the units students have to complete in their first year of study to pass the Level 3 Certificate:

  • Unit 1 (10 credits): Dispute Solving in the Legal System
  • Unit 2 (10 credits): Understanding Law Making
  • Unit 3 (10 credits): Aspects of Legal Liability In their second year of study students will complete 3 more units including:
  • Unit 4 (10 credits): Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  • Unit 5 (10 credits): Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers

Entry requirements

The students will have to achieve 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level.


All assessment for BTEC Nationals is based on the achievement of specified outcomes. Each unit has specified criteria to be used for grading. At the end of the 2 year course, a summative unit grade can be awarded at Pass, Merit or Distinction,

Future opportunities

  • Students could go on to employment in the legal sector as a Barrister’s Clerk, Legal Secretary, or Legal Executive, having achieved any further qualifications required in order to do so;
  • Students could go on to enter employment in related sectors such as working in the Police Force, Prison Service, Human Resources, Insurance, Business Management, Business Development or Banking;
  • Students could progress on to higher education vocational qualifications such as the Higher National Diploma in Business (Law), Legal Secretarial courses, etc.
  • Students could enter higher education in order to complete a Foundation Degree in Business.
  • Students could continue to study law at degree level before progressing on to work in the legal profession as a Solicitor or Barrister, having completed all the qualifications necessary to work in these professions (this option is only likely to be available when the Subsidiary Diploma is studied in conjunction with other related subjects at Level 3, preferably GCE/A-Level courses).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoeburyness High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years