Law (Applied) BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Why should I study this subject?

This two year programme is designed to provide a highly specialised qualification, focusing on the knowledge and practical skills required for employment within the legal sector.

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is broadly equivalent to one A-Level and attracts similar UCAS Points. It is graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

On successful completion of the qualification, a learner may continue into Higher Education in this area or obtain employment.

What will I study?

You will study three units in both the first and second year:

First year (Core Modules)

  1. Dispute Solving in the Legal System
  2. Understanding Law Making
  3. Aspects of Legal Liability


Second year

  1. Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
  2. Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers
  3. Consumer Law


What are the entry requirements?

Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here

What skills do I need?

In order to succeed in the BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Law you would need to possess good organisational skills and have an ability to recognise and meet deadlines. You will need to be able to compare, contrast and evaluate given areas.

Additionally, it will involve working as part of a team on group activities, conducting independent research and delivering presentations.

How will I be taught?

The teaching is practice based, involving individual research tasks and activities. Group exercises will involve applying your learning accurately to realistic case studies.

How will I be assessed?

The course is a 100% coursework based qualification. This will be internally verified and externally moderated.

What will the course prepare me for?

It is a nationally recognised vocational qualification and provides learners with a range of skills to allow them access to employment opportunities within the legal sector. It is also welcomed by the majority of universities for entry to degree courses, such as a foundation degree in Business and Law or a Law honours degree. Advice on opportunities for further study or careers will be provided by the careers team at New College.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline, the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Law requires four hours per week of independent study.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Not applicable.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you have an interest in discussing and researching the law and current affairs.

This subject is not for you if…
you are not well organised, dislike coursework or do not possess an interest in the Law.