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BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

Law is a great subject for students who enjoy discussion and analysis of a broad range of today’s major legal and ethical issues. Should the law allow a man who has murdered his mother to inherit her money if he has been named in her will? Should a man who strangles his partner in his sleep be found guilty of murder? If you find part of a decomposed snail in a bottle of soft drink and you have drunk the rest, can you sue? The subject involves you in the research and study of these and numerous other legal problems.


A qualification in BTEC Applied Law is highly valued by many employers, in particular, because of the critical thinking and analytical skills which studying the subject promotes. As well as the obvious career choice of joining the legal profession as a barrister, solicitor, legal executive or paralegal, Law graduates frequently find themselves working in the commercial sector, business and finance, social welfare, human resources management and with charities.

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What will I study?

The BTEC Applied Law is an opportunity for students interested in a Law-related career, who prefer to be assessed through coursework rather than exams.  You will take on a more practical approach to studying Law and gain an understanding of the work and skills involved in legal careers, such as Legal Executives and Paralegals.  You will complete a number of assignments to develop your knowledge, analysis and evaluation of the Law.

You will study aspects of legal liability in both Criminal and Civil Law, together with understanding law making and dispute solving.  In Criminal Law, you will have the opportunity to learn about elements of a crime (actus reus and mens rea), non-fatal offences (common assault through to GBH) and sentencing (prison, fines, discharges and community sentences).  Liability in Civil Law covers the elements of the tort of negligence and the award of damages available.  Understanding law making will provide you with an insight into the different types of laws and the procedures that must be followed.  Whilst studying dispute solving, you will learn about the courts and the people involved in the legal system, from highly skilled judges to ordinary members of the community sitting on the jury.

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.

Study Visits

There will be study visits to Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court and an opportunity to visit the Nottingham Galleries of Justice.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in English Language.  Grade 3 in Maths.


The course is a 100% coursework based qualification.  This will be internally verified and externally moderated.


Financial information

There is no charge for visits to local courts.  Other day trips will normally cost approximately £16.

Future opportunities

Many students aspire to careers as solicitors or barristers.  However, Law is an appropriate A Level for other careers, such as business, journalism, the civil service, forensic science and various areas within both the civil and criminal justice systems.  This is because the qualification demonstrates that you have strong analytical, problems solving and communication skills. 

Further information

For more information visit the Law Department at one of our Open Evenings or speak to a careers advisor.

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 December 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.