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Forensics and Criminal Investigation


The Level 3 BTEC Forensics and Criminology course is a two-year course comprising of a number of units based on the use of science in real life contexts.  The Foundation Diploma is designed for learners who are interested in learning about the sector alongside other fields of study, with a view to progressing to a wide range of higher education courses, not necessarily in forensics.

Units within the qualification cover areas of:
Principles and Applications of Science; Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques; Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice; Physiology of Human Body Systems; Forensic Genetics.

It is an alternative to A-Levels and accepted as an entry requirement for universities and further education colleges and is highly valued by employers.  UCAS awards equal tariff points to Level 3 BTECs and A-Levels.  A pass mark in a BTEC is equivalent to a C at A-Level, a Merit is equivalent to a B, a Distinction is equivalent to an A and a Distinction* is equivalent to an A*. It is also an excellent qualification to provide relevant skill for those wishing to begin work in the following sectors: Policing, CSI, Law, Applied Science Careers, Chemistry and others.

5 GCSEs grade 9 – 4 including English and Mathematics. Grade 5 in Science. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will be considered on an individual basis.

The Extended certificate route has six units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Forensic Fire Investigation

Two of these units are externally assessed, one as an exam and one as an externally assessed task. The other four are internally assessed by a portfolio of coursework.

The Examination Board for this course is EDEXCEL.

BTECs are an established and highly successful alternative to general qualifications, suitable for a wide range of learners.  As work-related qualifications, they are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university.  By nature, BTECs provide a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

Copies of the specification can be downloaded from http://qualifications.pearson.com

For further information, please contact - Mrs A Kilgannon / [email protected]