BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) (Full-Time)

Course Overview

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) is equivalent to three ‘A Levels’. This is designed for students wanting to become a Forensic Scientist. The Extended Diplomas are qualifications that are designed to provide specialist work-related qualifications in a range of sectors. They give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare them for employers. Most students will go to University after their Extended Diploma. It will take you two years to complete the qualification with about 16 hours of study each week.
What is an Extended Diploma in Forensic Science?
This qualification will give you a good grounding into the science behind the study of Forensics.
Can I study other subjects alongside an Extended Diploma?
You may be able to follow an AS level in another subject as long as you have achieved the required GCSE passes. If you are interested in studying Forensic Science at University, you are recommended to study AS Chemistry as well as the Extended Diploma. During the course you will also be able to develop Key (transferable) Skills in such areas as Application of Number, ICT, Communication and Improve your own learning and performance.

  • Entry Requirements

    The course is suitable for students who have a keen interest in science and who have a minimum of five GCSEs grade A-C, including Mathematics, Additional Science and English at grade C or above.

  • Career Prospects

    Forensic Scientist
    Crime Scene Investigator
    Fire Investigator
    Document Examiner

  • Course Details

    Core Units:
    -Fundamentals of Science
    -Working in the Science Industry
    -Scientific investigation
    -Perception of Science
    -Application of Numbers for Science technicians

    Specialist units: You can choose up to TWELVE from the following units. You need to be aware that we may not be able to offer all the units listed below. We will try to advise you on the best combination of units that will give you the education and experience for the future.
    -Statistics for Science Technicians
    -Physiology of Human Body Systems
    -Physiology of Human Regulation & Reproduction
    -Microbiological Techniques Practical Chemical Analysis
    -Biochemical Techniques
    -Forensic Evidence Collection & Analysis
    -Forensic Photography
    -Criminal Psychology
    -Criminal Investigation Practice
    -Genetics and Genetic Engineering

  • Assessment

    You will be required to undertake a programme of assignments throughout the course, which will include assessment of practical skills and the ability to work safely. It is essential that you are well organised and meet deadlines. There is no external examination.

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Neath College - 01639 648000

Course Length

2 years