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Applied Law

BTEC applied law will suit students who are interested in the vocational aspects of law. The course sets the student in a solicitors practice and students will be expected to complete tasks such as complete internal memos, present PowerPoints and advise clients on various areas of law.  The course is useful to students in that it gives them a clear understanding of what takes place in a law firm.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in law and have experience in legal practice
  • Guest speakers with expertise in key legal areas
  • Trips to Birmingham Crown Court to see the machinery of justice in action
  • Bar Mock Trial which allows students to act out the roles of all parties in a criminal trial.

In the first year you will study:

  • Legal Personal
  • The Courts
  • Parliamentary Law Making
  • Judicial Precedent
  • Delegated Legislation
  • EU Institutions and EU law
  • Elements of Crime
  • The non-fatal offences against the person
  • The law of Tort-basic negligence

In the second year you will study:

  • Fatal Offences Against the Person including Murder
  • Loss of Control and Diminished Responsibility-specific defences to murder
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • General Defences including insanity and self defence
  • Theft, Robbery and Burglary
  • Police Powers, arrest, detention and interview
  • Criminal Damage
  • The formation of a Contract


What will I be taught?

This course is taught around a flipped learning approach, students make use of materials on the college Moodle site to research topics before they are delivered in class. This prior research is then assessed in class and activities follow which allow learners to explore the content in more detail and apply them to real business situations. In addition, your teacher and personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Research tasks
  • Essay based assessments
  • Interactive online quizzes
  • group work
  • student led sessions
  • Group presentations

Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here

The Past
Click here for the suggested ongoing revision activities in this subject which research has shown are most likely to boost your achievement

The Present
Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.

The Future
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Former students of this college have gone on to study Law, but also employment/apprenticeships with law firms.

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

5 in English lang or Literature
4 in Maths

Not essential but it will help your success…

An interest in current affairs and legal cases. Commitment and enthusiasm for researching legal topics and applying these to different situations.

Pairs well with Criminology, Health and Social Care, and Sociology. You prefer to do a course that is a mix of exams and coursework.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


100% coursework

BTEC Certificate

  • Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Legal System
  • Unit 2: Understanding Law Making
  • Unit 3: Aspects of Legal Liability

BTEC Diploma

  • Unit 4: Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  • Unit 5: Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers
  • Unit 6: Contract Law

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