BTEC Extended Certificate



BTEC Law covers a broad range of legal topics. It provides an excellent overview of Criminal and Civil law, but it is assessed in a way which reflects the professional practice of Solicitors and other legal personnel.

Course Content

The course consists of four units over 2 years:

  • Negligence and the Civil Courts

This exam based unit uses the law of negligence and the way in which claims, such as damage or losses resulting from a car crash are dealt with in English law.

  • Law Making, Non-Fatal Offences and the Criminal Courts

This course work based unit will allow you to research how laws are made and interpreted. You will use the law on non-fatal offences and advise on the outcome of criminal cases and the punishments that can be imposed if laws are broken.

  • Criminal Law and Police Powers

During this exam based unit you will examine the law related to specific crimes, including homicide and offences against property. You will also explore the police procedures for dealing with such offences, including arrest, detention and searching people and property.

  • Tort Law

You will learn about different types of loss in Civil cases, the liability of landowner’s to their visitors, and the liability every employer has for the wrongs committed by their staff.

Methods of Teaching

All topics are taught in an applied way, to develop transferable knowledge and practical skills for higher education, training and employment.

You will be given opportunities to:

  • carry out research and write up the findings
  • use case studies to develop your knowledge of the law
  • demonstrate practical and communication skills using legal documents and reports.

Your learning will be further enhanced through trips and through talks from visiting speakers involved in the legal sector.

Where Could It Take Me?

The course aims to develop professional skills for students interested in careers in Law, but it is also relevant to anyone considering other career paths who have an interest in the subject matter.

It will support entry to many higher education courses, as well as progression to employment directly or via an apprenticeship.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Two units are externally assessed (with a chance to use limited notes in each exam) and two units are internal coursework.

Financial Implications

Textbooks and revision guides are available to buy from most retailers, with copies in class for everyone. Most class resources are available online and we provide laptops and computers to use in lessons.