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A Level

Applied Law National Extended Certificate Level 3

Subject Area
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
2 years
Level 3

Applied Law will give you an understanding of the way in which the law influences aspects of everyday lives. You will expand your understanding with an Applied Law Certificate through the development of your research and investigation skills, therefore you should have an enthusiasm for producing excellent coursework and researching legal issues.

It is suited to students who prefer continuous assessment. Employers value analysis, application, evaluation and research, and these are skills you will develop. You will also develop good skills in time keeping, planning and meeting deadlines.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 subjects at grade 5 or above at GCSE plus English Language at grade 4 or above.

What will I study?

Please note that all the topics you study will be relevant for your coursework assignments. You will be analysing, evaluating and researching as we progress through the course, which are excellent skills for your future career.

Year One

Law Making

  • Parliamentary law making (acts of Parliament)
  • Influences on parliamentary law making (media, public opinion, pressure groups and law reform bodies)
  • Statutory Interpretation
  • Delegated legislation (laws made by government departments, local authorities and by large corporations)
  • Judicial precedent (how judges make laws/rules in court cases)
  • The Legal System
  • Civil courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution; negotiation, mediation, conciliation and arbitration
  • Criminal courts and lay people working in the criminal courts (jurors and magistrates)
  • Legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and judges)
  • Access to justice (where to go for legal advice and representation)
  • Funding legal cases (no win no fee agreements, paying as a private client and state funding)

Criminal Law

  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Basic principles of Criminal Law (elements of a crime)
  • Non-fatal offences against the person (assault, battery, actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and wounding)
  • Criminal procedure (the role of the Crown Prosecution Service, bail, plea, trial procedure)
  • Sentencing (the aims of sentencing, aggravating and mitigating factors and adult sentences)


  • Introduction to Tort Law (civil liability)
  • The basic principles of negligence (who do you owe a duty of care to and what amounts to a breach of that duty of care)
  • Damages (the different types of compensation claimed, how it is calculated and paid)
  • Civil procedure (starting a claim in the courts, the defendant’s response and the pre-trial procedure)

Year Two

  • A more in-depth examination of Criminal Law and Aspects of Tort
  • The laws relating to homicide: murder and voluntary manslaughter
  • Offences against property
  • General defences in criminal law
  • Police powers
  • Aspects of Tort

Xtra Curricular Activities
The Law team offer a wide range of extra-curricular events:

  • Law Club
  • Visiting speakers from universities and the legal profession
  • Mock trials
  • Debating competitions
  • Debate Society


We take students to Nottingham to take part in a mock trial and do a tour of 300 years of crime and punishment.

Preliminary reading

Pick up a newspaper and see how many articles contain or refer to the law. Follow interesting cases in the news and visit your local magistrate’s court with a parent or friend.

Method of delivery

The course is delivered using lectures, PowerPoint presentations, textbooks, documentaries, case studies, group discussion and individual research. Students may work in groups to present research to the group. We also use computer rooms where students may carry out research.

How will I be assessed?

Year One - assessment is 90 credits for two pieces of coursework and 90 credits for an external assessment (where there is some stimulus material).

Year Two - assessment is 60 credits for two pieces of coursework and 120 credits for an external assessment (where there is some pre-release stimulus material).

The external assessments are completed in exam conditions which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding, or your skills, in a direct way. This is a task which you may have the opportunity to prepare for in advance, to research and make notes about a topic that can be used when completing the assessment.

The coursework pieces are internal assessments. You will complete a series of assignments which will be marked by your tutor. This will usually be in the form of a written report. These reports must be of excellent quality to demonstrate your skills.

Good course combinations

This course works well with Politics, Sociology and English Language. It also makes a stimulating fourth subject alongside any combination.

Your next steps

Degree study or employment. The Applied Law qualification is widely recognised in industry and higher education. Over 62% of large companies recruit employees with BTEC qualifications and 100,000 BTEC students apply to UK universities every year.

You will understand how claims such as those resulting from a car crash are dealt with in English law. You will know how disputes are settled and how the law can be used to help people. You will also develop the skills to investigate and research how laws are made both inside and outside Parliament. There is also an emphasis on the application of criminal laws to non-fatal offences and how the criminal justice system works.

The skills you develop are valued by employers in all areas of employment and not necessarily just law.

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