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Law (Applied) BTEC Certificate and Subsidiary Diploma Level 3 (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

The course will provide you with an understanding of how the legal system works and how to prove a variety of crimes. The course will provide you with the skills needed for a career in law.



Course content

In Year One you will have an introduction to the court structure – both civil and criminal, the ways in which Law is made and elements of substantive civil and criminal law in the form of negligence and non-fatal offences to the person. You will study three units.

In Year Two you will study three selected optional units. You will learn about murder, manslaughter, non fatal offences, offences against property and the powers of the police. You will learn about the civil law of negligence, psychiatric harm and private nuisance.


      Unit 1 – Dispute Solving in the Legal System

Unit 2 – Understanding Law Making

Unit 3 – Aspects of Legal Liability

Subsidiary Diploma

Unit 4 – Unlawful Homicide and Police powers

Unit 5 – Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers

Unit 6 – Consumer Law

Entry requirements

You will need at least four GCSE’s –grade A*-C or a Merit in a BTEC First plus one GCSE. (A grade C or equivalent in English Language GCSE is required). You need to be able to communicate well, both orally and in writing, with a wide range of people. You also need basic ICT skills.


The three units that you study on the certificate are entirely coursework based and you will be assessed in a variety of ways. This will include written work, case studies, court observations, mock trials and presentations The three units on the subsidiary diploma are entirely coursework based. Again you will be assessed in a variety of ways, individual and group presentations, written coursework and research activities.

Future opportunities

You can choose to progress into employment or into HE on courses in Law or a related vocational course.

Further information

  • You don’t need to have studied GCSE Law
  • A European Law trip, a trip to London and Parliament, court visits are usually organised for our students
  • Work placements are available.
  • For further information please contact Teresa Horan-Hosey or  Bev Ikoku (Head of Faculty)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years