Exam Board: Pearson
This qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and aims to provide a detailed introduction to the legal sector, it includes the opportunity to develop the research, communication, presentation, decision-making and critical-thinking skills valued by higher education. In addition, employers have been involved and consulted in order to confirm that the content is appropriate and consistent with current practice for learners planning to enter employment directly in the legal sector.
You must complete a range of mandatory and optional units. The three mandatory units are: dispute solving in civil law, investigating aspects of criminal law and the legal system, and applying the law. A further study area will be selected from aspects of family law, consumer law, contract law or aspects of tort.
This course will give you flexibility and freedom to study other BTEC courses or A Levels.
The course offers a varied approach to your studies including assignments, practical tasks and written tests. This will allow you to develop transferable skills including the ability to research actively and methodically, learn independently, give presentations, be an active group member, write effectively, and improve your analytical skills. These skills will be valuable to employers and will also help with your further studies.
The assessment will be in the form of assignments, practical tasks, synoptic assessment (which may be internally or externally assessed), and externally assessed written exams.
To study A-Levels or a Level 3 BTEC course at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 5's in other subject areas and to include subject specific entry requirements where stated.
If this qualification is taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learning, then it is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses. It will support entry to many higher education courses, depending on the other qualifications learners have taken. Learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including: reading legal texts, effective writing, research skills, analytical skills, creative development, and preparation for assessment methods used in degrees. The qualification can also support progression to employment directly or via an Apprenticeship.