Applied Law


This two year vocational course covers the workings of the civil court system and negligence as well as aspects of criminal law such as non-fatal offences and sentencing. You will be encouraged to undertake course-related work experience.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Single award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind


Paralegal work, police, local authorities, Inland Revenue, banking, insurance and the court services.


Law, business studies, criminology and sociology.

Topics you'll cover


  • Civil dispute resolution
  • Civil legal funding
  • Legal doctrine of precedent in the court hierarchy
  • Law of negligence
  • How laws are made and interpreted
  • How legislation is made outside of Parliament
  • Personnel involved in a criminal trial
  • Non-fatal offences such as ABH and GBH and sentencing.


  • Fatal offences (murder and the various types of manslaughter)
  • Offences against property (theft, robbery, burglary etc.)
  • Police powers
  • Tort - negligence and how damages are calculated
  • Occupier’s liability and nuisance.

Assessment and Qualification

  • All assessed by coursework, which is externally verified
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • BTEC National Extended Certificate (level three).
  • Equivalent to one A Level

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English and maths.
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

Additional information


  • Annual Behind Bars Conference
  • Trip to the Houses of Parliament and the London Dungeons
  • Trip to Portsmouth Crown Court


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.