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Forensics BTEC Level 3 90 credit Diploma and Extended Diploma at Brooklands College

Course description

This course is a two year course equivalent to 3 A levels.  The qualification will have an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction calculated on the total points achieved from internal and external assessment. It is designed to give you the knowledge, understanding and technical skills to prepare you for employment in a Forensic Science laboratory or to continue your study in higher education.  This is a full-time course. You will attend college for four to five days per week, Monday to Friday, usually between 9am and 5pm.

You will need to have the ability to meet deadlines and the commitment to hard work as the grading is through continuous assessment. This course is assessed by case studies, assignments, research projects, performance observations and work experience. Your personal tutor will help and give you instruction and guidance.

You should be curious and enjoy working independently and within groups, solving problems and extracting information from new sources, for example books and the internet.

Course content

You will need to complete 18 units in 2 years. These units are made up as follows:
• 6 core units
• 12 Specialist units

This amounts to 9 units per year; 3 core units and 6 specialist units so you will be busy. The units reflect university and employment expectations.
The core units are:
• Fundamentals of Science
• Working in the Science Industry
• Scientific Investigation
• Scientific Practical Techniques
• Perceptions of Science
• Application of Numbers and Statistics

The specialist units have been tailored for entry to employment and university. You will need to gain a Distinction in each subject.

Specialist Units:
• Criminology
• Microbiological Techniques
• Forensic Evidence Collection & Analysis
• Genetics & Genetic Engineering
• Forensic Photography
• Forensic Fire Investigation
• Criminal Investigation Procedures
• Genetics and Genetic Engineering
• Criminal Psychology
• Forensic Psychology
• Criminal Investigation in Practice
• Sociology
• Psychology & Human Behaviour
• Understanding the CJS & Police Powers
• Crime & its Effect on Society

There will be materials used and subjects discussed in this course that are sensitive, such as crime scenes, rape and profiling, and we will ask for your and, if required, parental or guardian consent.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade A*- C or above (including BB or above in GCSE Science) are required to study this advanced level course which must include science and preferably Mathematics and English GCSE. 


Through a portfolio of coursework which is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction. All work is internally assessed but will be moderated by an External Verifier.

Financial information

There will be a charge for specialist scientific materials and educational visits.  Details will be available at enrolment.  Students are allocated a certain amount of free printing, after which a small fee will be incurred.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to Higher Education to study from a wide range of degrees or on to a wide range of employment opportunities within the Forensic Industry. Whilst the main focus of progression will be in different branches of Forensic Science, progression may also enable entry in to areas of Chemical Analysis, Criminology, Investigative Psychology or the Criminal Justice System.

Forensic Science is an intensive course. Structured workshops are organised on a weekly basis to help you keep control of your workload.

There are many different job roles that this course could lead to but as a guide you may find yourself working as an Assistant Forensic Scientist, Trainee Forensic Scientist, Forensic Computer Analyst.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooklands College directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2016
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