Law involves analysing a wide range of legal issues and problems across Criminal, Civil and Family Law. It is a vibrant and exciting subject that is continually changing in line with society and legal decision. You will gain the ability to evaluate aspects of the Law and to apply your understanding to problem-based scenarios. You will acquire both breadth and depth of legal knowledge and will cover a varied range of topics.
Studying BTEC Law will equip you with skills that are highly regarded in the field of Law, such as research skills, time management skills, the ability to work as a team and to work independently within deadlines.
Upon completing the BTEC Applied Law qualification, you will have a number of options available to you as it provides the basis of an excellent route for learners to pursue a career in the legal sector. This can be through higher education (degrees in Law or Joint Honours such as Law with Criminology or Business) or through an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services. This course works particularly well in a study programme alongside Criminology.
BTEC Applied Law requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway.
UNIT 1: DISPUTE SOLVING IN CIVIL LAW
We all need to be aware of how civil disputes are settled and where to seek advice when things go wrong. 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. In this unit, you will learn about the courts that deal with civil law disputes, in addition to alternative methods of resolution. The basic principles of the law of negligence are considered and applied, together with sources of advice, funding, resolution and remedies.
ASSESSMENT METHOD: EXTERNAL EXAMINATION (60 marks)
You will be given information about a case one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of one and a half hours, in one sitting, on a specified date timetabled by Pearson. Submission is completed using a computer.
UNIT 2: INVESTIGATING ASPECTS OF CRIMINAL LAW AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM
Everyone has to live and operate within the law; punishments can be imposed for breach of the law. This unit will enable you to understand how laws are made and used, particularly criminal laws, and where advice on those laws can be obtained. In this unit, you will develop the skills to investigate and research how different laws are made both inside and outside Parliament and then interpreted in courts.
ASSESSMENT METHOD: INTERNAL ASSESSMENT
You will be provided with a brief at the start of the year.
UNIT 3: APPLYING THE LAW (72 marks)
Crime has an enormous impact on society and particularly on those directly involved in a case. 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 examine crimes against property such as theft, robbery and burglary. You will also examine the law relating to arrest, detention and searching people and property. Criminal law applies to everyone and it is important that you keep up to date with changes in the law. In this unit, you will examine case law relating to real-life crimes.
You will be set a task and marked by Pearson and this will be completed under supervised conditions. You will be given information about two cases two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is a maximum of two hours, in one sitting, on a specified date timetabled by Pearson. This will be a written submission.
UNIT 4: ASPECTS OF FAMILY LAW
Family law is an area of law that deals with some of the most important and sensitive aspects of our lives, with the courts mainly getting involved only when there are disputes that need to be resolved. This unit will give you an understanding of the laws governing parenthood and parental responsibility and will examine how the courts resolve disputes regarding children.
ASSESSMENT METHOD: INTERNAL ASSESSMENT (brief given at the start of the year)
TRIPS AND ENRICHMENT
As part of your course, you will have the opportunity to go on a wide range of trips including our popular London residential where you can visit the houses of parliament, central criminal court, view a case at The Old Bailey and see a west end show. Not forgetting our end of year trip to Alton Towers to celebrate all of your hard work.
As an Applied Law student, you will also have the chance to listen to a series of guest speakers from a variety of fields including the police, magistrates, probation service and law firms. This aims to give you a great insight into these exciting careers. You can also take part in book swaps, student of the week awards, contribute to the criminology and law magazine or podcast.
PREPERATION FOR THE COURSE
As you will have probably never studied Law at school before, we do recommend that you start watching and reading the news. Law changes all the time, so keep on top of the most recent legal changes.
USEFUL DOCUMENTARIES/ PODCASTS
• Making a Murder
• A confession—Christopher Halliwell
• The Strange Case of Law
• ‘UK Supreme Court: The Highest Court in the Land’ – YouTube
• The Doorstep Murder (Podcast)
• Maddie (Podcast)
• Shreds: Murder in the Dock—BBC Sounds (Podcast)
• Donoghue v Stevenson (1932)
• Caparo Industries v Dickman (1990)
• R v Ahluwalia (1993)
• R v White (1910)
• R v Woollin (1999)
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