Forensic Science - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
About the course
Aged 16-19? Interested in forensics, psychology, criminology and the sciences in general? This course provides a thorough grounding in the practical and theoretical aspects of Forensic Science. It is designed to lead students into related courses in Higher Education, but can also be your stepping stone into a new career.
You will need four GCSEs at grade C or above (including any two of Science, Maths and English Language). Alternatively you can have a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science (at Merit or above), with English and Maths as part of a Functional Skills module.
Applicants will also need a good reference from a school or employer. You will complete an interview and assessment prior to enrolment.
All students will complete an interview and assessment prior to enrolment.
This course has core modules in Science and Maths, along with specialist units in Forensics. The specialist units cover Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation, Forensic Photography, Criminal Investigation Procedures and Practices, Criminology and Criminal Psychology.
You will be assessed throughout the course through written assignments, practical and theoretical tests, presentations and extended projects. There is no final exam.
Depending on your work experience, this course gives you the professional skills needed to become a police Crime Scene Investigator or a Forensic Science Officer in a forensics laboratory. The course is also the equivalent of three A-Levels, and so allows for progression to university in a range of science-related subjects.
Winning has really helped me with my confidence and drive
Studied: FdSc in Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation
Winner of Gold for forensic science at World Skills UK – The Skills Show.
Rona Hassan is studying an FdSc in Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation at the College’s Centre for Applied Sciences, and was encouraged to take part in the World Skills UK competition. Seriously impressing, she won the Gold medal ahead of other students studying at university.
Rona said: “I am so proud to have received the gold medal and for City and Islington to have given me the opportunity to take part in WorldSkills. It was an amazing experience, and taking part let alone winning has really helped me with my confidence and drive to finish my course and pursue a career in forensics.
“The course is fantastic. The facilities and the teachers are excellent. I would encourage other students interested in this area to make sure whether you are doing A Level, BTEC or Access to keep studying science subjects so that you have the opportunity to take a course like this."
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