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Mr M Goss – IBCP Coordinator                                                                                             

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Level 3 Applied Law is offered to students in KS5.

Law is an excellent and enjoyable course for those students who enjoy expressing their opinion, learning about the laws that affect their everyday life and improving their intellectual and academic skills. It is also a fantastic opportunity for those who not only enjoy debates, but also for those who desire the ability to influence and control the outcome. Students will learn to develop their research, evaluation, analytical, reasoning, critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the application of legal rules.

The Law course followed at Hugh Christie is the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Applied Law specification.

Course Information and Assessment

2015 Entry Students

Year 1 – All assessment is through submission of coursework and portfolio work

Unit 1 – Dispute Solving in the Legal System 

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the difference between civil and criminal law, how this determines in which courts disputes are resolved in the legal system, and the personnel, both lawyers and lay people, involved in the resolution process, together with a knowledge about the financing of advice and representation and alternatives to the courts. 

Unit 2 – Understanding Law Making

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of the different ways in which laws are created and their importance, together with knowledge of how laws are interpreted, and the impact of European law and institutions.

Unit 3 – Aspects of Legal Liability 

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the tort of negligence and the principles of criminal liability, together with knowledge of damages and the aims of sentencing.

Year 2 - – All assessment is through submission of coursework and portfolio work

Unit 4 – Homicide and Police Powers 

The aim of this unit is to give learners skills to apply the law on murder, an understanding of the law on manslaughter, together with knowledge of police powers with respect to arrest and detention.

Unit 5 – Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers

The aim of this unit is to give learners knowledge, understanding and skills in the law relating to property offences, fraud, criminal damage, and police search powers. 

Unit 8 – Aspects of the Law of Tort

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with knowledge, understanding and skills in the law of tort. Learners will consider how the law on negligence and nuisance apply, protect people and provide compensation for loss.

2017 Entry Students

Year 1

Unit 1 – Dispute Solving in Civil Law

Learners explore 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.

Assessment - This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. Learners will be given a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is one and a half hours in one session. During the supervised assessment period, learners will be given a set task.

Unit 2 – 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.

Assessment – This unit is an internally assessed assignment.

Year 2

Unit 3 – 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.

Assessment - This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. Learners will be given a case study two weeks before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. The supervised assessment period is one session of 2 hours. During the supervised assessment period, learners will be given a set task that will assess their ability to explain, analyse and evaluate aspects of criminal law by applying the law to a scenario.

Unit 4 – Aspects of Tort

Learners explore how the law of tort protects people and the enjoyment of their property. They will examine compensation for loss, damage and injury in aspects of negligence, nuisance and occupiers’ liability cases.

Assessment – This unit is an internally assessed assignment.

Learning Methods

Students need keep up to date with relevant news and current affairs throughout the course as this will provide them with additional sources of information for their studies and their debates. There will also be opportunity for students to participate in mock trials and competitions for advocacy and negotiation both inside school and nationally.

Progression

Law is a highly respected course that will impress any employer or university due to the exceptional skills that you learn. These skills are transferable for many courses and careers.

Not all students of Law will want to become solicitors or barristers; some may wish to work in government, the police or in other professional careers. Either way, having studied law you will show employers and universities you can take on a challenging and intellectual subject.

For more information please contact Mr. Goss on 01732853232 Ex. 249 or email mgoss@tonbrigefederation.co.uk

Click here for a PDF on 2015 applied law specification

Click here for a PDF on 2017 applied law specification