Applied Law is an exciting course which allows individuals to explore Law and the Legal System in a practical setting. BTEC Applied Law will enable learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through the completion of assignments and coursework, rather than written examinations.
The BTEC Applied Law route concentrates on equipping learners with highly specialist work-related qualifications that are required for employment in a legal environment. It provides individuals with the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for careers including Legal Secretary, Legal Executive or Para Legal.
The BTEC Applied Law qualifications also attract UCAS points, which are equivalent to AS/A2 Level, which means students also have the option to progress onto university.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 including a minimum of a grade 4 in English.
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What will I study?

Equivalent to: 

  • 1 A-Level

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson Education Ltd

Course Content

  • Year One
    • The course is broadly equivalent to one GCE AS Level and is worth 30 credits.
    • You will study 3 mandatory units:
      • Unit 1: Dispute Solving in the Legal System
      • Unit 2: Understanding Law Making
      • Unit 3: Aspects of Legal Liability
  • Year Two
    • The course is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level and is worth 60 credits.
    • The units are optional however and at Cadbury College, we focus on the following 3 units:
      • Unit 1: Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers
      • Unit 2: Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers
      • Unit 3: Aspects of Family Law

Where does it lead?

Applied Law students progress onto a variety of careers. Students either do an apprenticeship in law or other related fields or a degree or foundation study within Higher Education. Law is a very competitive field to get into, so not all law students will go on to practise as barristers or solicitors. However there are many great alternative and equally satisfying professions for students who have studied law.
During their legal study, students acquire and develop a number of new skills that are highly sought after by employers and universities, including:

  • critical and analytical thinking
  • how to think logically
  • knowledge of the law
  • how to discuss your point of view from multiple perspectives and fluently
  • how to work as a team to achieve results
  • how to take responsibility for your own learning


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“I studied Law with English Literature & Language and Religious Studies at Cadbury College. I am now studying a degree in Law at the University of Birmingham.”

Aisha Zulfiqar