Subject Leader of Law:                                                       Mrs C Thornton 
Teacher of Law/ Deputy Head:                                         Mrs C Gill



BTEC Level 3 - Exam Board Edexcel

Studying BTEC law is equivalent to one A level. 

Students study 4 units, 3 of which are mandatory. Two external mandatory assessments are:

  • Unit 1: Dispute Solving in Civil Law
  • Unit 3: Applying the law


One mandatory assessment is

  • Unit 2: Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System


Then 1 optional unit, from below:

  • Unit 4: Aspects of Family Law
  • Unit 5: Consumer Law
  • Unit 6: Contract Law
  • Unit 7: Aspects of Tort


This qualification is for who want to continue their education through applied learning and to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the legal sector. It aims to give a coherent introduction to study of the legal sector. It is designed to be taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A levels. It provides the basis of an excellent route for learners to pursue a career in the legal sector. This can be through higher education (degrees in business and law) or through and Advance Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

KS5 includes year 12 and 13

In Year 12 students learn about the English Legal System, such as how the courts are structured and the role of legal personnel. They then study Law Making which focuses on the different methods in the process in making laws, for example the roles of Parliament and the judiciary. They will also learn about Criminal Law, including fatal and non-fatal offences against the person. In addition, they start to gain an understanding of the principles of Tort Law.

In Year 13 students further develop their understanding of Tort Law, in particular liability and negligence. They then go on to study the rules and theory of Contract Law, a compulsory unit in most Law Degree courses. They complete the year with a synoptic paper of the Nature of Law, which includes concepts such as the relationship between the Law and technology, justice and morals. 

Additional information/ related activities

Students study the A Level OCR course

Students are encouraged to visit both the Magistrate and Crown Courts in Reading. They are free and students will gain an understanding of the how the courts operate on a daily basis.

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