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BTEC Level 3 in Forensic Science

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

You need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including GCSEs in English, Maths and Science. A Merit grade at Level 2 in Applied Science will also be considered for entry.

Information

All Learners study the same units in the first year. There are 4 core units:

  • Principles and Applications of Applied Science I
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application

A choice of 2 optional units from below:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Electrical Circuits and their Applications
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biological Molecules and Biochemical Processes

In the first year there is an emphasis on building skills, both scientific and professional. You will learn practical skills and how to evaluate and present quality written work whilst adhering to deadlines which prepares you well for university. We also look at universities and ask students to pick a pathway for the second year.

In the second year learners on the Forensic Science pathway will study 3 core units and 4 optional units.

Core units:

  • Principles and Applications of Applied Science II
  • Contemporary issues in Science
  • Investigative project

A choice of 4 optional units from below:

  • Electrical Circuits and their Applications
  • Diseases and Infections
  • Biological Molecules and Biochemical Processes
  • Medical Physics Applications
  • Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Forensics Evidence, Collection and Analysis
  • Material Science
  • Diseases and Infection

Students learn to analyse and critique scientific literature and build on reporting and analysis skills specific to career area.

Further Information

Most of our students go on to university to study Pharmacy, Nursing, Radiography, Biomedical Sciences. We encourage degree apprenticeships and HND in Applied Biology as an alternative route.

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