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Applied Law BTEC Level 3 at West Lancashire College

Course description

The Law department is a committed, enthusiastic and passionate department which centres the course on the learners. It is important for the department to ensure all learners feel involved and part of a team to maximise achievement and learner experience.

Law is a vital pivot in our lives; it shapes us and the society around us. It is a set of rules which are enforced through a variety of methods. It is important to understand that studying law is not only for the students who wish to pursue law at degree level. Obviously, students considering the study of Law at university and beyond in practice, will find the subject invaluable. Much of the material that you will study in your first year as an undergraduate will be studied at a basic level at WLC, giving you a real advantage.

Those considering a course or career outside the Law will still find the course useful. It is a subject which affects our everyday lives and knowledge at this level would broaden the mind and help the student’s understand the extent to which the law affects us and how it can help us.

Course content

The first three units are the important foundations of any further legal studies; providing a broad appreciation of the law and its functions in society. This knowledge is then built on in the further three units with an in-depth look into Criminal Law. You will learn how criminal liability can be established and how someone can be ‘guilty’ of many criminal o­ffences including murder, GBH, and robbery.

You will also study and visit the courts to get a flavour of how criminal justice is dispensed. Law at WLC also takes an international perspective depending on the current circumstances and in the past our students were given the opportunity to visit Berlin (2014).

Unit 1 – Dispute Solving in the Legal System

Unit 2 – Understanding Law Making

Unit 3 – Aspects of Legal Liability

*Unit 4 – Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers

*Unit 5 – Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers

*Unit 9 – Aspects of Employment Law

*Optional modules – tutor discretion; may be subject to change

In year 2, you will be directed towards undertaking a year of Public Services or Business Studies to enable you to get the UCAS points required for university. 

Alternatively Learners who have undertaken an 90 Credit Diploma in another subject may wish to study Applied Law in the second year of their programme.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, (including English & Maths or a Level 2 Diploma/First Diploma/National Certificate at Merit/Distinction level in a related subject.

Candidates will be interviewed to assess their suitability for the course. We are interested in your enthusiasm and commitment to succeed.

You may be required to attend any additional provision to improve the levels of English and maths.


You will be continuously assessed throughout the course by completing projects and assignments based on realistic workplace situations. An overall grade for the qualification is awarded to all learners who successfully complete all units and grades awarded are Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

In year 2, you will be directed towards undertaking a year of Public Services or Business Studies to enable you to get the UCAS points required for university.

Students who have completed this joint-BTEC for 2 years can go to university and study degrees such as Law, Criminology, Business or even combined degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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