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Level 3 Extended Diploma in Science (Forensic)

Course Details

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic Science Type: Vocational
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (in a minimum of three different subject areas) including Maths, English and Double Award Science or Level 2 Diploma (minimum Merit) and Level 2 Maths and English Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

The police and law courts rely heavily on evidence extracted by scientists in the forensic industry. This is an interesting and challenging vocational route where you will study forensic evidence collection and analysis, forensic fire investigation and criminal investigation practices.


In Year 1 you will follow a route of Applied Science which includes:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific investigation
  • Scientific practical techniques
  • Perceptions of science
  • Using maths tools in science
  • Informatics for science
  • Science in the workplace
  • Physiology in human body systems
  • Chemistry for biology technicians

In Year 2 you will follow units which are more specific to your chosen career path in forensics, which includes:

  • Physiology of human regulation and reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Medical physics
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Chemistry for biology technicians
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Criminal investigation practice
  • Forensic evidence collection analysis

You will be assessed by written assignments in each unit. They are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades. On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The 3 grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE required a minimum MMM grade profile.

There will be opportunities to take part in a variety of trips and visits, which will incur a nominal fee.

We have fantastic facilities in the College’s Science department, with a large number of spacious laboratories and up-to-date, industry standard equipment.

We have a mini-zoo with an interesting assortment of animals which you can observe and help to take care of as part of the course.

This is a highly respected Science programme which can lead to a number of exciting and rewarding careers. Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Lancaster University, St George’s Hospital in London, the University of Leeds and the University of Nottingham, studying exciting degrees including Earth and Environmental Science, Cardiology, Biomedical Science, Marine Biology, Audiology and Criminology and Forensic Psychology.

Meet Callum Martin 


Callum achieved Triple Distinction* in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Science. After leaving College Callum began studying Forensic Archaeology at Exeter University.

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