Applied Law BTEC Level 3 Certificate at Aquinas College
The BTEC Certificate and Extended Certificate in Applied Law allow students to study similar areas of English Law to those that are covered in the A-level course. However, the course is assessed primarily through coursework and externally marked assessments, undertaken within normal timetabled lessons, whilst using previously released materials to prepare for the assessments. It gains UCAS points which are of equal value to those given to A-levels and is therefore very useful to students applying for university places, apprenticeships or employment.
The course covers a wide variety of legal topics, broken into four units. The units are assessed in the ways outlined above. Topics include: Sources of Law; The English Legal System and Courts; Civil and Criminal Law and Procedure; Criminal Offences of: Theft, Robbery, Burglary, Assault, Battery and GBH; Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter); Civil Law: The Laws of Torts (Negligence, Nuisance, Trespass, Occupiers Liability etc.). Police Powers and Procedures (Stop, Search, Arrest, Detention and Interviews). All topics are taught in an applied way, to develop students’ capacities to offer legal advice and guidance in ways that echo the professional practice of Solicitors and other legal personnel. The course is partly designed by professional bodies aiming to develop requisite professional skills and knowledge for students interested in careers in Law.
Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4)
Students go on to study a huge variety of law and non-law related degrees at university. Most students apply to study degrees at university but increasing numbers also apply for apprenticeships and employment. The course is particularly relevant to those who want to pursue legal careers but open to anyone who might find the course and subject matter interesting and helpful to future career plans
Students have opportunities to visit: Criminal and Civil Courts (In Manchester and London); a variety of universities (departments and general open days); the legal and financial districts of Manchester and London; a variety of museums, careers events, mock interviews etc.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aquinas College directly.