Consumer Law

One of seven optional Units towards your BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law.

The law has always tried to protect consumers from businesses who try to take advantage of their position and make contracts that are potentially unfair on the individual consumer, who may lack either knowledge or economic power and so are unable to protect themselves. Whilst, historically, the courts did what they could
to protect the consumer against outrageous bargains, parliamentary and EU lawmakers have now put specific consumer protection in place.

The statutory consumer protection laws in relation to contracts for the sale and supply of goods and services, both face to face and at a distance, will be studied. The unit is divided into four learning outcomes that deal with different aspects of consumer protection.

The first learning outcome covers the statutory protection on the sale of goods. This is the oldest form of consumer protection and was originally found in the law collected into and (modified by) the Sale of Goods Act 1893. This has been amended and modernised by the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and its subsequent amendments. This act deals with any contract involving the sale of goods. The issues to consider include deciding what is a sale of goods and identifying which parts of the act do not apply to private sales. The operation of terms implied in contracts for the sale of goods are explored.

The second learning outcome is the law relating to supply of goods and services which goes beyond the straightforward sale of goods. Again the implied terms are a key area of study.

The third learning outcome considers how the law protects consumers who are affected by an exclusion clause imposed by a business. This applies to all contracts whether for goods or services.

The final learning outcome investigates a range of other aspects of consumer protection that have been developed and includes both civil and criminal sanctions.


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Units and Topics

The following units are part of the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Law course

Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers

Aspects of Property Offences and Police Powers.

Contract Law

Consumer Law

Aspects of the Law of Tort.

Aspects of Employment Law.

Aspects of Family Law

Dispute solving in the Legal System (Mandatory)

Understanding Law Making (Mandatory)

Aspects of Legal Liability (Mandatory)