BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate 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.

This is a two year course leading to an Extended Certificate (Equivalent to one A Level).

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
  • Business
  • Biology or other science
  • Philosophy
  • 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 two year course (Extended Certificate) 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, Criminology, Business and Social Work. 

The skills and knowledge developed throughout the course are also beneficial in many career paths including:  Police and Armed Forces, Teaching, Social Work and Business.


Course Content

This course covers three core units over a two year period including:

  • Dispute Solving in Civil Law
  • Investigating Aspects of Criminal Law and the Legal System 
  • Applying the Law

Students will also study the following specialist unit:

  • Aspects of Family Law 

The course  will provide students with a solid foundation on which they can base future study. 

In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Law students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent 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 University of Law, Guildford for the ‘Explore Law’ event
  • A trip to Parliament giving the students an insight into the creation of Law
  • Guest speakers including Solicitors, Barristers and past students

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


Students are assessed by a variety of assignments including: interviews, creating documentaries, debates, presentations, letters, report writing and external examination assessments. 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

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:  

  • Grade 4 in English Language

This course is designed for students who would like to find out more about Law and the Legal System and who would prefer a combination of coursework and examinations.

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 from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

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

Download Course Leaflet

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

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