Applied Law

BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma

Law involves analysing a wide range of issues and problems. It is a vibrant and exciting subject. It helps you to be self confident in dealing with issues, disputes and other people.

You will study specific areas of English law in detail and you will develop excellent, and transferable, analytical skills. A few schools offer GCSE Law but most do not. So, we build on your existing skills and your interest in legal issues as you embark on studying what, for most, is a new subject. This course is 100% coursework based and will suit students who wish to study the subject through assignment based assessment, rather than examinations.

The BTEC Certificate in Applied Law/BTEC Subsidiary Diploma combines well with Criminology, Government and Politics and Business.

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There are 3 units in each year of the two year course.

Unit 1 – Dispute solving in the legal system

  1. Understand the hierarchy of the court system
  2. Understand the roles undertaken by the personnel of the courts
  3. Know about the alternatives to the courts
  4. Know about the finance of advice and representation

Unit 2 – Understanding law making

  1. Understand how legal rules are created by precedent
  2. Understand how statutory rules are made
  3. Know how statutes are interpreted
  4. Know the importance of the European legislative process and its institutions

Unit 3 – Aspects of legal liability

  1. Understand the impact of the law of negligence
  2. Know the rules on damages
  3. Understand the elements of a crime
  4. Know the aims of sentencing

Unit 4 – Unlawful homicide and police powers

  1. Be able to apply the law on murder
  2. Understand the law on voluntary manslaughter
  3. Understand the law on involuntary manslaughter
  4. Know the regulations regarding the detention of suspected offenders

Unit 8 – Aspects of the law of tort

  1. Know the elements of the law on liability for economic loss and negligent misstatements
  2. Be able to apply the law on negligence for psychiatric harm
  3. Be able to apply the law on negligence for occupiers’ liability
  4. Know the law on private nuisance

Unit 10 – Aspects of family law

  1. Understand the legal obligations of relationships
  2. Be able to apply the law on cessation of relationships
  3. Know the law relating to children
  4. Understand the law on maintenance

Each of the units will be assessed by way of continual assessment. There is no examination.

How the course is delivered?

There will be four 70 minute lessons each week. Half of the lessons will take place in the computer labs, enabling students to access the internet to conduct research and complete assignments. Textbooks are also available. In the course of the lessons students will access topical news reports to highlight the relevant topics and there will be opportunities to visit the local courts and listen to relevant guest speakers.

Year 1
50% Internal Assessment (task set and marked internally)
50% External Assessment (task set and marked by BTEC)

Year 2
50% Internal Assessment (task set and marked internally)
50% External Assessment (task set and marked by BTEC)

Departmental Enrichment

Alongside visits to the courts and any guest speakers that are invited to address students, the department also participates in the National Bar Mock trial competition. This involves a team of Wyke Law students taking on the role of barristers, court officials, witnesses and defendants in mock trials. The team competes against other colleges and schools at Leeds Crown Court where their performances are judged by actual Crown Court Judges. We have a timetabled Law Society and have arranged a wide variety of exciting opportunities to widen the legal experience. We also had a combined visit to the Houses of Parliament and the Supreme Court in London.

BTEC Applied Law has three dedicated teaching/computer rooms in the Wilson Building, the Ash Building and the B block. These are air conditioned rooms with up to date computers. Students are provided with up to date textbooks, highly effective printed notes linked to integrated assignment material, and a constantly updated DVD collection and online materials.

Where can this course take me?

Last year, a fantastic 557 students from Wyke Sixth Form College progressed onto University. Of these, 139 secured places at Russell Group Universities and 8 went to Oxbridge. Many of our former Applied Law students progressed on to study Law and Law related courses such as Criminology and Sociology at University.

BTEC Applied Law at Wyke can also open the door to Higher Apprenticeships and Employment. Many of our students now work within leading organisations including; a variety of law firms, the BBC, Microsoft, the NHS and the Royal Navy.

What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

To gain more information regarding the course syllabus, you should follow the link to the Edexcel website.

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