BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Law


The course aims to give students the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and attitudes, essential to accessing employment opportunities within the legal and business sector. This is achieved by providing students with knowledge and understanding of legal principles and by developing their employability skills.

What goes well with this course?

We suggest that first and foremost you choose subjects that you like and will therefore enjoy. That said, for admissions to their Law degree courses universities almost undoubtedly have a preference for the more academic subjects. Therefore if students are considering doing a Law degree we suggest that they choose perhaps from the following:

  • History
  • English
  • Economics
  • Biology or other science
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Language



The qualification provides a very useful background for a number of careers and Higher Education courses. Many students who have completed the 2 year course have progressed to university to read a degree in Law. University destinations from recent cohorts include: Portsmouth, Winchester, Bournemouth, Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

The course has also seen students progress to a range of other Higher Education courses including; Youth Justice, Crimonology, Business and Social Work.

The skills and knowledge developed throughout the duration of the course can also lead to many possible career paths which include: training to become a Legal Executive, entering the police force, working within the business/legal sector or teaching.

Course Content

This course covers three core units in the first year:

  • Dispute Solving
  • Understanding Law-making
  • Aspects of Legal Liability

In the second year students will cover the following specialist units:

  • Homicide and Police Powers
  • Property offences and Police Powers
  • Family Law

The six units will provide students with a solid foundation on which they can base future study or can refer to in their working/personal lives.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Law students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A trip to the Old Bailey designed to give students a practical insight into the workings of the criminal justice system
  • A trip to the Royal Courts of Justice to take part in a mock trial
  • A trip to the local Magistrates Courts which you can read more about here
  • A trip to Parliament giving the students an insight into the creation of Law
  • Guest speakers including Solicitors, Barristers and past students


Students are assessed through a variety of assignments including; interviews, creating documentaries, debates, presentations, letters and report writing. The content of the course readily lends itself to both group work and independent study.

The exam board for this BTEC is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

This course is designed with those students in mind who would like to find out more about the Law and legal system, and who would prefer to follow a programme of learning that does not involve any form of assessment by way of a written examination at the end of a unit or academic year.

Students should have a genuine interest in Current Affairs and Law.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Law information leaflet.

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