Forensic Science - Level 3 Extended Diploma (BTEC)

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Start Date: 06 September 2021
Duration: 2 Years
Attendance: Full Time
Suitable for: School Leavers
Location: Centre for Applied Sciences, Angel

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ABOUT THE COURSE

Forensic science is essentially the application of scientific principles for the resolution of legal disputes or as legal evidence or to prove/disprove a crime. The aim is to provide impartial information which can be used to establish whether a crime has been committed and to evaluate physical evidence of a crime. This course provides a broad overview of the principles and techniques of forensic science, how evidence is analysed and interpreted, and how it is presented in court processes by following UK legislation.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course consists of two separate qualifications. In your first year of study, you will work towards the Level 3 90-Credit Diploma. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be able to progress to the Extended Diploma. Our Extended Diplomas offer equivalent UCAS points to studying 3 A Levels.

Topics covered can include:

  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Photography
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures and Practices
  • Criminology and Criminal Psychology

WHAT WILL I NEED?

You will need:

  • Four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language, Maths and Science (Combined Science, or two individual Sciences) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification at Merit (and Functional Skills in English and Maths at Level 2/GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or above)
  • A reference from your previous school/college

All applicants must have an interview and assessment to confirm that the course is suitable for them.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessment is continuous and focuses on practical laboratory work and assignments.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

School Leavers

If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?

This course will help you to move on to higher level courses, such as a Bachelor of Science, or to pursue employment in the science industry.

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