Law (BTEC Level 3)

Reasons to study this course

  • You have a real interest in law, but prefer a combination of coursework and exams rather than just exams.
  • You want to learn vocational skills such as writing legal letters and creating information leaflets.
  • You want to progress onto a law apprenticeship or job as a paralegal.
  • You want to progress onto a law degree or law-related degree such as criminology.

What you will need to study this course

  •  an interest in studying law
  • enthusiasm for the subject
  • good planning and organisational skills
  • the ability to meet deadlines

What you will study

The first year (BTEC Certificate in Applied Law) encompasses two units:

  • Dispute solving within the civil law
  • Investigating aspects of the criminal law and legal system


The second year (BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Law) encompasses two further units:

  • Applying the law
  • Aspects of tort

How you will be assessed

One exam and several coursework assignments in each year. Exams are based around a pre-released case study.

Results from both years contribute equally to the final Extended Certificate in Applied Law grade. This is the vocational equivalent of one A-Level.

Priestley Extra

You will be able participate in the Priestley Law Mock Trial Competition and you will also have visits from guest speakers including local solicitors and lay magistrates. In Year 2, you may opt to join the popular pre-legal programme to help you prepare for progression onto a law-related degree and/or law-related career.


You can apply to study law or other subjects at university or apply for employment with bodies such as the Crown Prosecution Service or the Legal Services Ombudsman. Alternatively, you may try to obtain a paralegal post within a law firm.

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