Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Availability & Details

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma SF-ASFO3E-D(0000)000

Venue
South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
Pearson

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Overview

Intended to provide an educational foundation for those of you wishing to start a career in the forensic science field, as a science technician, in the police force or within forensic or criminal psychology.

You will develop transferable skills that are highly sought after by both universities and employers. The course could enable you to move onto employment and Higher National Diploma programmes, such as our HND in Policing and Criminal Investigation and HNC Applied Biology. Students could also choose to progress onto undergraduate courses across the country relating to forensic studies, psychology, law, forensic science, criminology, policing and criminal investigation.

You will have the chance to develop your employability skills, as well as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. You will also develop your ability to review your own performance and develop your education and skills.

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5, including English and Maths and Science.

Year 1

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Applications of Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Forensic Photography 

Year 2 

  • Applications of Criminology
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice

This course will be delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods –

  • Practical sessions
  • Online
  • Classroom activities
  • Group work
  • Independent study

Throughout the course, you will be assessed through coursework, essays, presentations, practicals, academic posters and examinations.

The course could enable you to move onto employment and Higher National Diploma programmes, such as our HND in Policing and Criminal Investigation and HNC Applied Biology. You could also choose to progress onto undergraduate courses across the country relating to forensic studies, psychology, law, forensic science, criminology, policing and criminal investigation.

Links with DSPG Military Police - practical skills in mock crime scenes.


My time at the college was definitely life changing, I have learnt a lot of new skills, and obviously it’s a completely new experience. The support was great, there was always people there to help and try make it as easy as they can for you. The college is really fantastic, it has helped me on the way to get to what I want to achieve within my career goals.

Erin Morgan, BTEC student

This is a really good college, and it is definitely somewhere you can achieve your dreams.

Yolanda Stemp, BTEC student

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