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Level 3 Forensic Science

Full Time

Course Overview

Year one: Level 3 BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics)
Year two: Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics)

This two-year advanced level course will focus on the science of forensics for work in a scientific setting or more likely higher level study at university. You will learn about working in sciences, practical laboratory skills, statistics, investigation techniques, genetics, evidence collection, criminal psychology, criminology and forensic psychology.

Course Content

You will receive instruction, guidance and encouragement to practise and develop the skills necessary to achieve the award.
The course covers a wide range of subjects:

Core units:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in a Science Based Industry
  • Practical Laboratory Skills
  • Maths for Scientists
  • Statistics for Scientists
  • Practical Science Investigation
  • Perceptions of Science

Specialist units:

  • Human Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Forensic Evidence Collection
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Informatics in Forensics
  • Traffic Investigations
  • Criminal Investigation Practice

Entry Requirement

You will need five GCSEs grade A*/9 to C/4 (including English, maths and science) or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science at merit level or above.


The course is continuously assessed through assignments, projects and case studies. Students will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on their own and in groups. The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local businesses wherever possible.

Where does this course lead to

This course is a recognised route into Higher Education; many students progress to a degree course. Employment opportunities range from a science-based environment to police or court services.

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Course Outline

Course Code: HF24
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 07/09/2020
Duration: 2 Years
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