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Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation

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If you enjoyed science at school and want to increase your specialist knowledge and understanding of forensic investigation and criminology, this is the course for you!

Topics Covered

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
  • Applications of Criminology
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice
As well as 2 additional optional units selected from:
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation
  • Forensic Genetics

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Double BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels)
Entry Requirements

PLUS
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
Grade 5 in GCSE Biology and another OR Science Grade 5/5 in GCSE Combined Science
How The Course is Assessed
A mixture of internal (assignments) and external assessment (exam)
Career Pathways
The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements for many relevant courses. Taken on its own, the National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation will offer learners the opportunity to progress to some applied degree courses. Taken alongside other qualifications, it will prepare learners for progression to a wider range of degree programmes. For example, if taken alongside:
  • A Level in Chemistry, learners can progress to forensic science degree courses
  • A Level in Psychology, learners can progress to psychology courses
  • A Level in Sociology, learners can progress to criminology courses
The course also provides a useful qualification for those wishing to apply to the police force or those interested in laboratory work.
Transferable Skills
The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers. Skills include carrying out practical laboratory tasks, planning investigations, evaluating case studies/sources of information to draw arguments together and produce forensic reports for use in court hearings.
Enquiries To
Brian Marriott: bcm@varndean.ac.uk