Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Law

Head of Department

Mrs D Glover

Examining Body


Course Overview

BTEC  has developed the content of this 2 year course in collaboration with employers and representatives from higher education and relevant professional bodies. In this way, they have ensured that content is up to date and that it includes the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes required in the sector.  The content applied during delivery is linked so that it is relevant to local employment needs.  BTEC Nationals have always required applied learning that brings together knowledge and understanding (the cognitive domain) with practical and technical skills (the psychomotor domain). This is achieved through learners performing vocational tasks that encourage the development of appropriate vocational behaviours (the affective domain) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are valued in both higher education and the workplace. The BTEC Nationals attract UCAS points. Please go to the UCAS website for full details of the points allocated.

Course Details 

Students will study four units over the two years. This involves the Dispute Solving in the Civil Law, which involves learners exploring how civil disputes are resolved, both in the courts and by alternative means. They will examine the making and working of precedent and its application in the law of negligence.

Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System, learners research how laws are made and interpreted, who advises and decides on the outcome of criminal cases and the punishments that can be imposed if laws are broken. They will then present advice to clients on non-fatal offence case studies.

Applying the Law, learners examine the law related to specific crimes, including homicide and offences against property. They will explore the police procedures for dealing with such offences. Finally, aspects of Family Law will allow learners to explore the requirements of a valid marriage and civil partnership, the laws governing the breakdown of relationships, as well as how disputes over children are resolved by the courts.



Assessment is specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. It includes a range of assessment types and styles suited to vocational qualifications in the sector. There are three main forms of assessment that you need to be aware of: external, internal and synoptic.

Possible Career Paths 

This qualification carries UCAS points and if it is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, then it is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. It will support entry to many higher education courses, depending on the other qualifications learners have taken. Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. The qualification can also support progression to employment directly or via an apprenticeship within many law areas. Potential roles include legal secretary, court usher, barrister’s clerk, barrister, paralegal, tax advisor and licensed conveyancer.