Law (Applied) (Applied General Certificate/Extended Certificate)

Why should I study Law (Applied)?

Law is a two-year modular, A Level equivalent course. It is a dynamic and diverse subject that affects everyone in their day-to-day life. In taking this course, you will have the opportunity to learn and study many interesting areas of law.

The modular two-year course is suitable for those students who are thinking about employment opportunities, apprenticeships or going to university. This course can be studied in conjunction with a range of other Applied or A Level courses.

Various teaching and learning styles are used, which include, ICT, videos, power point presentations, interactive learning, whiteboards; the internet and self-study.

The department has strong links with the University of Essex and other providers of legal education.

For those students who are interested in a career in law we have links with local firms of solicitors and opportunities for work placements and apprentices are sometimes passed on to us by these firms and we advertise these within the College.

We organise visits to places such as the Crown Court in Chelmsford and the Royal Courts of Justice in London. All students are provided with comprehensive handouts and online resource banks. The department subscribes to the “Student Law Review” which deals with aspects of the syllabus and gives very up-to-date legal information.


There are two mandatory units that learners must complete, one internal and one external – learners must complete and achieve all.

Unit 1.  Dispute Solving in Civil Law - Mandatory and Synoptic - external assessment.

This unit is assessed under supervised conditions. Learners will be given information about a case one week before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out research. 

Topics include:

  • Features of civil law
  • Structure and jurisdiction of the English civil law courts
  • Role of Judges in civil cases
  • Alternatives to the courts in civil dispute resolution
  • Legal skills - researching and referencing legal information
  • Enforcement of civil law
  • Sources of advice
  • Sources of funding
  • Precedent
  • Law of negligence and damages

Unit 2.  Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System - Mandatory - internal assessment.

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.

Topics include;

  • Legal skills - researching legal information
  • Influences on Parliament
  • The law-making procedure in Parliament
  • The rules of statutory interpretation
  • Delegated legislation
  • The European legislative process and its institutions
  • The legal profession
  • Lay people - magistrates and juries
  • The Judiciary
  • Elements of a crime
  • Non-fatal offences
  • Aims and types of sentencing

Successful completion of both units will lead to a Certificate in Applied Law.


To progress to the Extended Certificate in the second year you will need to pass the Certificate in Applied Law.  

Minimum Entry Criteria

Standard College entry requirements (as detailed on page 12 of the Prospectus) and a minimum of: 


GCSE English Language or English Literature




In at least one other predominantly written or coursework based GCSE subject (from English Language, English Literature, History, Religious Studies or Sociology) 




In at least one other predominantly written based Level 2 BTEC or OCR subject 

You do not need to have any prior knowledge of Law. 

Where can I go after studying Applied Law?

The qualification carries UCAS points for applying to higher education or university. 

The course aims to give an introduction to the study of the legal sector. In addition to specific legal content, the requirements of the qualification will enable learners to develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education providers and employers. It provides the basis of an excellent route to pursue a career in the legal sector. This can be through higher education (degrees in business and law) or through an Advanced Apprenticeship in Legal Services.

There are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give students practice in developing employability skills. This includes cognitive and problem-solving skills, the use critical thinking and applying creative solutions. Developing intrapersonal and interpersonal skills such as; communicating, negotiating, self-management and resilience.

The study of law can lead to careers in the legal sector including a range of possibilities in the legal profession, in the fields of business and employment law, or the police force. Alternatively, it is a good gateway to other professions outside the legal profession such as business and finance.