Unlawful Homicide and Police Powers

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

This unit provides learners with knowledge and understanding of two aspects of the law. The first is an introduction to homicide – the killing of a human being.

Some homicide is lawful, for example during a wartime military operation, but this unit is concerned with examples of unlawful homicide. There are three kinds of unlawful homicide or fatal offences against the person – murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Learners will explore the necessary elements of these crimes and the differences between murder and manslaughter, including the concept of malice aforethought. Learners will then consider current case law and statutes, defences and proposals for reform of the law.

The second aspect of the law aims to introduce learners to police powers in relation to the arrest, detention and questioning of those suspected of committing a criminal offence, and the rights of those suspects. The unit considers how police officers carry out a legal arrest, the general arrest conditions and the consequences of these not being met. Learners will look at the time limits for detention and how these may be extended, the conduct of police interviews and the rights of a detained person while in police custody. This area of the law is largely governed by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the codes of practice made under that Act.

The unit entitled Aspects of Legal Liability should be completed prior to commencement of this unit.


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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)