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Law BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

If you have always had an interest in how the law works, then this could be the course for you. The course is designed for learners who are interested in the vocational aspect of the subject with a view to working in the field of law or a related industry.

Course content


Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Legal System. By the end of this unit, you will understand the hierarchy of the court system and how it works; the roles undertaken by the personnel of the courts, for example, barristers, solicitors, judges and legal executives as well as lay people such as magistrates and juries. You will also learn about alternative methods of solving disputes and ways in which individuals can fund their cases.

Unit 2: In this unit you will learn about sources of law, in other words where the law comes from. This will include influences on Parliament, how an Act of Parliament is made, how judges create and interpret law and the impact of European Law on English Law.

Unit 3: The aim of the final unit is to give learners an understanding of the tort of negligence and principles of criminal liability, together with the knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.


Unit 1: The aim of this unit is to give you the skills and knowledge to apply the law on murder, an understanding of the law on manslaughter, together with knowledge of police powers with respect to arrest and detention.

Unit 2: In this unit you will learn about the law relating to property offences such as theft, robbery and burglary, fraud, criminal damage, together with further knowledge on police search powers.

Unit 3: This unit focuses on family law and will provide you with knowledge on the four main areas of family law: marriage and relationships, divorce and ending relationships, children and maintenance.

Entry requirements

4 A*-C grades at GCSE including a grade D in GCSE English Language.


There are no examinations. All units are internally marked and externally verified. For each unit, you will receive a pass, merit or distinction. You will be awarded a final grade gained through the successful achievement of individual units.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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