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 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 to real-life situations through various case studies.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above 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 in Civil Law
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 – Understanding Law Making
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 – Aspects of Legal Liability
You will develop an understanding of law of negligence and damages and non-fatal offences and the aims of sentencing.

Year 2
Unit 4 – Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
This unit explores the law of murder and manslaughter and police powers.
Unit 5 – Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers
You will develop an understanding of the law relating to property offences, fraud, criminal damage, and police search powers.
Unit 6 – Aspects of Family Law 125
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, with 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 become a member of the 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 enjoy completing coursework in preference to sitting 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. There are also many legal courses that require good communication skills so linking Law with an English qualification can provide a strong base for future careers.

Future Career Opportunities

Many students go on to study Law at university, often intending to become lawyers. Some students choose to study other subjects at degree level having benefitted from the knowledge and skills developed during the Applied Law course.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

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. At this College, you will have the opportunity to study the specialist option of Family Law as part of the course.