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BTEC Applied Law Certificate/Subsidiary Diploma (AS/A equivalent) Level 3

This course looks at the way the law works, how law is made and the people involved in the law. You will also study several aspects of criminal law such as homicide, theft, burglary and robbery.

Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: Edexcel



All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • What will I study and learn?

    There are 6 units in this course:

    • The court system and people involved in it
    • How the law is made
    • The basic structure of criminal law and the law of negligence
    • Murder and manslaughter, the rights of the accused when in police custody
    • Theft, robbery and burglary, police powers to stop and search premises
    • Consumer law – your rights when you buy goods and services
  • How is the course assessed?

    All assessment is by coursework assignment. This may involve written work, presentations and role plays.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    This would normally be studied alongside other AS and A2 subjects. Law goes well with anything; common combinations include English, History, Sociology, Psychology, Politics and Business, but it foes equally well with any subject including sciences.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You need to be good at keeping up to date with assignments and presenting your ideas in a clear and well-structured way. An interest in the law is essential and an interest in current affairs is desirable so that you can give examples from real life to show how the law works.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You need to have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C, including a grade 5 in English.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    The study of law can be a sound background for many careers. It can lead to various careers in law, such as working as a Solicitor, Barrister or Paralegal. It is also a useful foundation for many careers such as business, government, banking and the police force. Contrary to popular belief, entry onto a law degree is NOT hindered by having studied Law at A level/BTEC. In fact, many of our students have successfully progressed onto reading law at university and have found it highly advantageous.

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