HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?
The course is ideal if you want to work in the legal world for example, a para legal (non-lawyer carrying out legal work), law clerks, legal personal assistants or working in business such as a contracts manager. It would also support entry into a range of degree courses such as Law, Business or Management.
Time management; effective communication; handling and organising documents; online research and filing; developing self-confidence in teams and lone working.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
If you excel at coursework and practical tasks then this could be the legal course for you. The BTEC course follows a similar programme as an A level but allows you to explore the law in the real world. You will have opportunities to visit local courts, meet magistrates, solicitors and barristers and have a working knowledge of where clients can obtain advice and funding for court. Lessons will involve research activities, roleplay, creating legal information films and debating current issues. Topics for debate will include whether community sentences are too lenient? Should life mean life for murderers? Is the compensation culture out of control?
This course has direct links with business and public services courses and will allow you to personalise your learning to the area of law you may eventually work in.
Unit 1: Dispute solving in civil courts – (controlled assessment)
- Civil courts
- Solving disputes outside court
- Work of solicitors and barristers
- Funding legal cases
- Judges making the law
- Understanding law in personal injury cases
Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the legal system – (coursework)
- Laws made by Parliament
- Role of judges, magistrates and jurors
- Explore non-fatal offences: assault, battery, ABH, GBH
Unit 3: Applying the law (controlled assessment)
- Murder, Manslaughter
- Theft, robbery, burglary, fraud, criminal damage
- Defences: self-defence, insanity, consent
- Exploring police powers
Unit 6: Contract or Unit 7: Personal Injury law (coursework)
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED:
Controlled assessment for Units 1 & 3
Coursework for other units.
The course is ideal for students who want to focus on the practical aspects of Law and develop their research and presentation skills. It will also make you more employable in the world of business, banking, insurance or you could move into local authorities and the police.