Law (Applied) Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)
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.
Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A level courses.
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 unit will be assessed through a coursework assignment set and assessed by your teacher. The other unit will be assessed through an externally sett task that you will carry out independently in a supervised lesson, using research notes you have prepared in advance.
Unit 1: Dispute Solving in English Law - This unit introduces 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.
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.
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 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.