Level 3 BTEC Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma Applied Law


This course gives you an introduction to the practical side of the law. If you are interested in the different types of crimes, how laws are made and applied, and are selfmotivated and able to meet coursework deadlines, then this programme could meet your needs.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma

Course length

BTEC Certificate: one year  Subsidiary Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Four or more A*-C grades at  GCSE, including English  Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • how criminal and civil courts are structured 
  • how Law is made
  • specialist units covering homicide, police powers, aspects of legal liability and property offences

On the course you will:

  • visit a local court
  • have talks from legal professionals 
  • give group and individual presentations
  • examine case studies and previous judgements

Method of assessment

You will be assessed by assignment work; there are no examinations. These assignments will require you to write reports, give presentations and take part in role play activities.

What will I be able to progress to?

You can choose from various options after completing your studies, including progressing to university to study Law or another subject. Alternatively, you may decide to go straight into employment.

Other information

The one-year Certificate is equivalent to an AS-level. The two-year Extended Certificate is equivalent to an A-level.