Law (Applied) Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

What are the powers of the police when faced with a dangerous criminal? How do the courts decide who should be punished? How does the English legal system deal with offenders? If I am injured how do I get compensation? How does the law resolve relationship disputes in families? 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.

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.

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 develop research, communication, presentation, decision making and critical thinking skills valued by universities and employers. There are three units studied in each year of the course.

Year 1
Unit 1 - Dispute Solving
This unit explores the difference between civil and criminal law, how disputes are resolved, and the role of legal personnel and lay people, together with a knowledge about funding.
Unit 2 - You will gain an understanding of law-making as well as how laws are interpreted, and the impact of European law and institutions.
Unit 3 - You will develop an understanding of law of negligence and damages and non-fatal offences and the aims of sentencing.

Year 2
Unit 4 -  This unit explores the law of murder and manslaughter and police powers.
Unit 5 - You will develop an understanding of the law relating to property offences, fraud, criminal damage, and police search powers.
Unit 6 - This unit explores the four main areas of family law which are marriage and relationships, divorce and ending relationships, children, and maintenance.


All units are assessed internally by coursework. You will achieve a grade for each unit which will then combine to form your final overall grade. The majority of students achieve grade Distinction* or Distinction.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There are great opportunities for enrichment in Law as there will be a wide-range of different activities and events involving legal professionals and universities. Educational visits include the Police Museum and the Courts. You can also join the Law Society and be a member of the College team, competing against other schools and colleges in the Bar National Mock Trial competition as a lawyer, witness, court clerk, usher or court artist. There is also the opportunity to participate in a mooting competition hosted by the University of Law. Members of the Law Society also showcase their talents by putting on mock trials for local schools.

Additional Information

This course is suitable for students who want to study Law but prefer coursework to exams.

Links with other subjects:
This course combines well with other advanced level courses. For those interested in a career in business or accountancy, it could be combined with Business, Accounting and ICT. For those interested in criminology/social work it could be combined with Psychology and Sociology.

Future Career 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.

Why Study at BSFC?

You will have the opportunity to study the specialist area of Family Law as part of you course. You will experience outstanding teaching by subject experts and chief examiner and receive extensive support to ensure you reach your potential. There are excellent enrichment opportunities, including the Bar National Mock Trial Competition, visits to the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and activities with legal professionals and universities.