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  • Ever wondered what the difference is between a solicitor and barrister?
  • Have you ever wondered what powers the police have in relation to the arrest, detention and questioning of those suspected of committing a criminal offence?
  • What rights does a suspect have?
  • Ever wondered what happens in the civil and criminal courts or where the law comes from?

The course will give you the answers to these questions and will provide a through insight into how the law works.

The second year will focus more on specific types of crimes such as murder and manslaughter, theft, robbery and burglary.

Finally, the last unit will explore consumer law and provide a closer look at our rights and remedies when buying goods and services from shops, private sellers and online.

The law is everywhere in society and having a sound understanding of it will provide a good starting place for employment or if you wish to continue your studies, university.  

Pictured - Students take part in Bar National Mock Trial.


Units 1 and 3 are assessed by exams and units 2 and 4 are assessed by internally marked assignments.

Entry Requirements

Grade C in at least four GCSE qualifications including Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


There are 4 units in this course:

  • Dispute solving in civil law – looking at how the civil courts operate, how precedents are made and overruled, how to fund legal advice and representation and how to apply the law on negligence.
  • Investigating aspects of criminal law and the legal system – Looking at how laws are made by Parliament and the EU, along with a closer look at different roles within the legal profession and the law on non-fatal offences.
  • Applying the law – looking at fatal offences against the person, property offences, defences such as self-defence and insanity and finishing off with a look at police powers to stop and search, arrest and detain suspects.
  • Consumer law – Investigating the law on the sale of goods and supply of services, and how to apply exclusion clauses to practical scenarios.


The course will particularly appeal to learners who would like to follow a career in law which includes working in the courts, solicitors’ offices, the police or criminal justice system. However, it is valuable to all leaners in providing a good understanding of law and society.

Inspirational Links

Follow us on twitter and keep up to date with trending legal debates, together with some weird and wonderful cases! You can find us here - @EastNorfolkLaw.

Fancy yourself as a top lawyer? Come and represent EN in a national mock trial competition that takes places every year in the Autumn Term. Check out this website for more details:

Course Information


BTEC Level 3

Course Work