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Law BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Coulsdon Sixth Form College

Course description

The course aims to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and attitudes, essential to accessing employment opportunities within the legal and business sector. This is achieved by providing students with knowledge and understanding of legal principles and by developing their employability skills.

What goes well with this course?

We suggest that first and foremost you choose subjects that you like and will therefore enjoy. That said, for admissions to their Law degree courses universities almost undoubtedly have a preference for the more academic subjects. Therefore if students are considering doing a Law degree we suggest that they choose perhaps from the following:

  • History
  • English
  • Economics
  • Biology or other science
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language

Course content

This course covers three core units in the first year:

  • Dispute Solving
  • Understanding Law-making
  • Aspects of Legal Liability

In the second year students will cover the following specialist units:

  • Homicide and Police Powers
  • Property offences and Police Powers
  • Family Law

The six units will provide students with a solid foundation on which they can base future study or can refer to in their working/personal lives.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

This course is designed with those students in mind who would like to find out more about the Law and legal system, and who would prefer to follow a programme of learning that does not involve any form of assessment by way of a written examination at the end of a unit or academic year.

Students should have a genuine interest in Current Affairs and Law.


Students are assessed through a variety of assignments including; interviews, creating documentaries, debates, presentations, letters and report writing. The content of the course readily lends itself to both group work and independent study.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Future opportunities

The qualification provides a very useful background for a number of careers and Higher Education courses. Many students who have completed the 2 year course have progressed to university to read a degree in Law. University destinations from recent cohorts include: Portsmouth, Winchester, Bournemouth, Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

The course has also seen students progress to a range of other Higher Education courses including; Youth Justice, Crimonology, Business and Social Work.

The skills and knowledge developed throughout the duration of the course can also lead to many possible career paths which include: training to become a Legal Executive, entering the police force, working within the business/legal sector or teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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