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Social Science - Law (Applied)






Social Science Law (Applied) Miss Munden Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Course Entry Requirements

Students should have achieved grade 5 in English Language and minimum grade 5s in a cross section of written/humanities based subjects. Additionally, students should have comprehensive reading and writing skills, demonstrated across their subjects.

Course Aims

The course aims to give a basic introduction to the legal sector, providing an excellent introduction to law and preparing learners for progression to higher education and employment. Students will learn about the courts that deal with civil law disputes, in addition to alternative methods of resolution, and where advice on those laws can be obtained. This course will develop skills of evaluation, reasoning, logic, and critical thinking. The BTEC Extended Certificate consists of 4 Units studied over 2 years and is broadly equivalent to 1 A Level.

Course Content


What’s assessed?

How it’s assessed


Unit 1

Dispute Solving in Civil Law

This unit uses the law of negligence and the way in which claims, such as damage or losses resulting from a car crash or causing injury to another person, are dealt with in English law.


External Assessment:  This could take the form of an exam or set tasks


Unit 2  Investigating aspects of criminal law and the legal system

This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore how statutory rules are made and interpreted, examine how legislations are made outside of Parliament, explore the various legal personnel involved in a criminal trial and apply the key elements of crime and sentencing in non-fatal offence case studies. Assessment will be written coursework tasks.

Internally assessed and subject to external standards verification


Unit 3  Applying the Law

In this unit, you will be encouraged to consider the impact and consequences of crime. You will examine homicide offences, including murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. You will examine crimes against property such as theft, robbery and burglary.  You will also examine the law relating to arrest, detention and searching people and property

External Assessment:  This could take the form of an exam or set tasks


One addition option

Chosen from the following:-

● Aspects of Family Law

● Consumer Law

● Contract Law

Aspects of Tort

Internally assessed and subject to external standards verification


Teaching and Learning

Teaching methods include lectures, case studies, and discussions in both large and small groups, as well as mock trials.  Students are expected to complete a variety of background reading, write regular exam style questions, and critically analyse case study problems.

Progression and Careers

A BTEC in Law is not a prerequisite for entry to legal careers, however, it is accepted, with other subjects, as a qualification for entry to Law degrees and other courses in higher education. The BTEC will give you an insight into a variety of training routes into the legal system, apprenticeships, employment in the legal and Business sectors or university courses studying different aspects of law. The course is a valid and useful qualification by employers in a variety of careers, such as local government, accountancy, banking, law enforcement and social work. 

Exam Board


Contact Name:

For further information, please see Miss Munden – Teacher of Law and Criminology.