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Law (Applied) - Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate) at Bolton Sixth Form College

Course description

What role do the police play in society? Who are the personnel involved in the English legal system? Are you aware of the court structure and how the court deals with offenders? These and other questions about our law will be addressed during the course. If you are interested in criminal and civil law you will learn about both and how the law is applied in various case studies.

Course content

The course provides an introduction to law, a 'taster' for study at degree level and will enable you to explore an exciting and challenging new subject! You will carry out a wide range of practical tasks in real-life work scenarios involving many different legal case studies. You will develop research, communication, presentation, decision-making and critical-thinking skills valued by universities and employers.

There are two units studied in each year of the course. One will be assessed through a coursework assignment and the other through tasks you will carry out independently in a supervised lesson, using research notes you have prepared in advance.

Year 1

Unit 1:Dispute Solving in English Law - This unit uses the law of negligence and the way in which claims, such as damage or losses resulting from a car crash or causing injury to another person, are dealt with in English law. You will learn about the courts that deal with civil law disputes as well as the alternative methods of dispute resolution like mediation. The basic principles of the law of negligence are considered and applied to problem scenarios, together with sources of advice, funding, resolution and remedies.

Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System - This unit will enable you to understand how laws are made and used, particularly criminal laws, and where advice on those laws can be found. You will develop the skills to investigate and research how different laws are made both inside and outside Parliament and then interpreted in the courts.

Year 2

Unit 3: Applying the Law - In this unit, you will be encouraged to consider the impact and consequences of crime. You will examine homicide offences, including murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. You will learn about crimes against property such as theft, robbery and burglary. You will also study the powers of police and the law relating to arrest, detention and searching people and property.

Unit 4: Aspects of Family Law - This unit will give you an understanding of the laws of being a parent and will examine how the courts resolve disputes about children. You will learn about the difference between marriage and cohabitation and the legal consequences of these. You will understand the key requirements for a valid marriage and civil partnership as well as how people end their relationships and the financial consequences.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Law at university, often intending to become a lawyer. Some students choose to study other subjects at degree level having benefitted from the knowledge and skills developed during A Level Law. You can also pursue a wide-range of other careers after a Law degree including in social services, business, local or central government or teaching. Alternatively, there are opportunities for employment directly after college, often with additional training, such as or joining the Police or a higher legal apprenticeship to become a Chartered Legal Executive .

Further information

Please visit the College website or email for further course information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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