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Law and Legal Work BTEC Level 2 Certificate at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a course which looks at the English Legal System, Criminal Law and Consumer Law.

Course content


Unit 1: An Introduction to the English Legal System

This will involve a study of barristers, solicitors, legal executives, judges and the jury. You will also learn about how the criminal and civil process operates and the types of offences in criminal law. You will learn about the key difference between criminal and civil law and how to differentiate between them.

Unit 2: An Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure

You will be able to explain the different types of crime such as assault, battery, theft, robbery and burglary. You will find out about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service. You will also learn about the different types of sentences available, including custodial and community sentences. You will have the opportunity to visit a real courtroom and watch a real case being trialed.

Unit 3: An Introduction to Aspects of Consumer Protection

This looks at how consumer law is relevant to everyday situations. You will find out about what a contract is and answer questions such as: Can you return goods if they are defective? What rights do you have when you buy a product that is not of satisfactory quality? You will also learn about the process of making a complaint if you are not happy with a purchase you have made, or if you are injured as a result of someone not doing their job properly.

There are no exams, as the course is assessed entirely through a number of coursework assignments. In order to pass the course, all nine coursework tasks must be completed to a high standard, and must include all the evidence and content required.


Entry requirements

  • The ability to meet deadlines, research well and follow instructions carefully
  • An interest in current affairs and the news
  • The ability to use Microsoft Word and Publisher to make leaflets and write letters


The course is assessed entirely through a number of coursework assignments.

Future opportunities

This course combines well with other subjects and is especially useful for a career involving law, or if you are thinking about studying Law or Business at A Level or at university.

Further information

There will be a variety of activities including PowerPoint presentations and research-based work. The course looks at law in a practical way, rather than a theoretical way.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2016

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