Applied Law

(Equivalent to 1 A Level)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the English legal system. Topics covered include the courts and legal personnel, law making, dispute solving and aspects of criminal law. You will analyse aspects of the legal system and apply your knowledge to given scenarios. The course is continually assessed through a range of assignments and there is no exam at the end.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop your ability to work both independently and as part of a group in order to produce coursework. 

You will develop and improve your research skills, as well as your overall IT and communication skills. 

The units will allow you to develop independent legal research skills, including the use of legal databases, journals and case material. 

You will become a critical consumer of information, expressing your point of view in a clear and concise manner. 

You will hone your debating skills and develop the capacity to support a point of view with reference to evidence. 

What topics will I study?

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

  • Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Legal System
  • Unit 2: Understanding Law Making
  • Unit 3: Aspects of Legal Liability
  • Unit 4: Unlawful Homicide & Police Powers
  • Unit 5: Aspects of Property Offences & Police Powers
  • Unit 10: Aspects of Family Law

Where does the course lead?

Whether you intend to pursue a career in law or you have a passing interest, the pervasiveness of law means that it is a highly valued area of education for all careers.  The discipline and approach developed during the study of law will prepare you for a large variety of careers.  These might include finance, commerce, journalism, politics, civil service, local government, business management, academia and of course, the law.


Exam Board


Head of Department

Leanne Gallagher

Entry Requirements

Four grades 4-9 (or equivalent)

Grade 4 in English Language is desirable but not essential

Assessment Breakdown

Coursework = 100%