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Applied Law (BTEC)

General Subject Information

Applied Law is a course that is only available in the Sixth Form for Year 12 and 13 students. The course introduces the legal sector, court structure and the ways that Laws are made. The whole school vision is achieved by providing a curriculum that is -

BroadThe content of the course ranges from the hierarchy and structure of the legal system for both civil and criminal cases, funding and sources of legal advice to police powers and sentencing trends. The course will develop knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to careers in the legal sector from paralegal to coroner, and beyond applying high value transferrable skills such as research, presentation, appropriate communication and problem solving.

Stimulating –Are stop and search powers justifiable? Can any killing be considered lawful? Who should pay for legal advice and representation? Who decides what is legal? Students have the opportunity to consider questions like these alongside many other important issues that occur in society and the justice system. Students will gain confidence in their own lives with a good understanding of their own rights and responsibilities and need not fear engaging with the justice system

Enjoyable – Students apply their knowledge to a wealth of realistic scenarios, challenging the status quo and arguing for their client. They have the opportunity to research and generate arguments on relevant topics and issues which affect them.

Engaging – With guest speakers from across the legal sector and the opportunity to visit law schools and the Magistrates court, students have the opportunity to see their futures. This is supported with extensive careers focus in lessons to help students understand the real life application of the work that they are doing. Furthermore, students are required to write in a range of styles

Challenging – This course requires students to challenge their opinions and perceptions by considering a situation from a range of perspectives. Students are prepared for the demands of further education and employment through practice researching, building arguments, and meeting presentation requirements and deadlines. The assessment process replicates the experience of working with a client with some initial information given to stimulate research and then a full case study which students have to offer advice on using their research and knowledge. There is also an academic challenge in the work students do, encouraging them to debate and reason controversial, intellectual issues presenting clear, supported arguments.


Level 3 Subject Information - KS5

Applied Law is taught at Key Stage 5 only. Students have 5 hours of Applied Law each week.

The subject prepares students for the world of work, access to university or the opportunity to join one of the main roles in the sector.

Students will be  assessed via coursework which will be presented in the form of

  • Written reports
  • Client letters
  • Briefs to counsel
  • Leaflets and information documents

Students are assessed via coursework and exams. 

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 12

Unit 1- Dispute Solving in Civil Law

LAA - Civil dispute resolution

LAB - Enforcement of civil law

LAC - How precedent works

Unit 1- Dispute Solving in Civil Law

LAD - Application of the law of negligence

Unit 1- Dispute Solving in Civil Law Exam

Unit 2 – Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System

LAA - Explore how statutory rules are made and interpreted

LAB - Examine how legislation is made outside Parliament

Unit 2 - Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System

LAC - Explore the various legal personnel involved in a criminal trial

LAD - Apply the key elements of crime and sentencing in non-fatal offences

Unit 3 – Applying the Law

LAA - The laws relating to homicide: murder and voluntary manslaughter

Resit preparation if necessary

Unit 3 – Applying the Law

Resit exam opportunity if needed

LAB - The laws relating to involuntary manslaughter

LAC - An introduction to offences against property: theft, robbery, burglary, fraud and criminal damage
Year 13

Unit 3 – Applying the Law

(Learning Aim A and B Catch up)

LAC - An introduction to offences against property: theft, robbery, burglary, fraud and criminal damage

LAD - Introduction to general defences in criminal law

Unit 3 – Applying the Law

LAE - An overview of police powers

Unit 3 – Applying the Law Exam

Unit 6 – Contract Law

LAA  - Examine the necessary requirements to form a valid contract

LAB - Explore the types of terms that are found in a contract

Unit 6 – Contract Law

LAC - Investigate the validity of a contract to determine contractual rights

LAD - Review the ways in which a contract may end and the remedies available

Unit 6 – Contract Law

Final submission

Resit preparation if necessary

Resit exam opportunity if needed

Applied Law (Extended Certificate


Revision - BTEC Level 3 National (KS5)


  • Paper examination
  • Range of questions from multiple choice to extended written answers
  • Graded from U through to Distinction


Personal Learning Checklists

Unit 1

Unit 3

Exam Questions/Model Answers Sample Quesiton Paper - Unit 1
Revision Material / Sharepoint Sharepoint


Job Opportunities / Careers



  • Provide advice and assistance on legal issues, they are the first point of contact for people and organisations seeking advice and representation
  • Work in either law firms or ‘in-house’ at a company
  • Role involves; meeting with clients, researching the relevant areas of law, drafting letters and contracts, representing clients in negotiations and tribunals
  • The role will vary depending on the area of law in which the solicitor works eg. crime, corporate/commercial, employment, family, human rights, intellectual property
  • Skills required; communication, research, presentation, organisation, time keeping and professionalism
  • Trainee salaries range from £20,000 to £35,000 upwards with Partners earning around £75,000 upwards.


Chartered legal executives

  • Non-degree based route into law, work through a series of apprenticeships.
  • Qualified lawyer who is trained as a specialist in a particular area of law. They work alongside solicitors but also have rights of audience and can represent clients.
  • Skills required; communication, research, presentation, organisation, time keeping and professionalism
  • Starting salaries range from £15,000 to £28,000 with Executive Lawyers earning £35,000 to £55,000 upwards.



  • Non-degree based role within the court.
  • Prepare the courtroom, call defendants and witnesses, accompany the jury around the courtroom and pass messages between the judge and jury.
  • Skills requires; communication and people skills, discretion and confidentiality, ability to follow instructions, assertiveness and tactfulness
  • Salaries range from £16,000 to £19,000