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Science with Forensics Level 3 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a 2 year full timecourse

About the course

Applied Science covers many topics that are science based including laboratory work, forensics, medicine, environmental and the fundamental biological, chemical and physical sciences. The aim is to provide a route to employment in the science industry or within organisations that use science.

You will develop the practical techniques necessary to pursue a career as a laboratory technician, investigating the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells and the calorific value of different fuels. You will learn about key microbiological concepts including pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, food production, environmental health and forensic science. You will look into the characteristic features of cells and will practise aseptic techniques to culture and determine the factors that influence the growth of micro-organisms. The practical investigation unit is designed to allow you to develop and demonstrate your science knowledge, practical and project management skills.

You will acquire and develop a range of highly sought-after skills, that when applied, could assist in finding new medicines to combat cancer, designing new materials to replace worn-out knee joints or helping to detect and convict criminals. You will develop an understanding of the important fundamental physics concepts behind medical physics techniques such as x-rays, ultrasound, diagnostic imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiotherapy and the importance of radiation safety. You will be able to familiarise yourself with some of the basic chemical concepts, on which aspects of biology are based, concepts such as chemical equilibrium, bonding, rates of reaction and organic molecules.

The forensic units include forensic photography. This will develop your knowledge of theoretical principles of using equipment to make a photographic portfolio and how this would be used for forensic purposes in the Criminal Justice System. You will also learn about the stages and disciplines involved in reconstructing and documenting events to determine the causes of fire. You will explore how forensic psychologists assist the court by determining whether a defendant was mentally fit to understand the court process or was suffering from a mental illness at the time of the crime. In order for a criminal prosecution to be successful, the Crown must provide secure and reliable evidence. It is, therefore important to learn about the methods, tools and legislation involved in criminal investigations.

During the course visits are arranged to various places such as laboratories and museums or you may undertake crime scene field outings. For some trips you may be required to make a contribution to the cost of the entrance fee and travel.
A text book is recommended - BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science Student Book by F Ennets. You will also need to buy a memory stick.

You are expected to work independently on project work away from the college.

Will this course suit me?

If you want to study or work in science, get practical experience and knowledge of working in a laboratory and out in the field then this course is perfect for you!

Qualification Title

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science)

This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A-levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.



Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Double Science, English Language and Maths



The course is assessed entirely by coursework therefore students need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.


Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

The next step could be to employment or Higher Education courses in this field.

Career opportunities include quality control technician/analyst, medical physics technician, working in a research laboratory in the development of new drugs, working with the forensic science service or using analytical skills in the chemistry industry, working for a scientific magazine or journal, editing and proofreading articles on issues such as applications and implications of new scientific discoveries and developments.


Further information

How to apply                        

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years
  • Course code: CFNSC1


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    • Welcome to City Campus


      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

      Address: City Campus, Granville Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 2RL

      By Car

      From the M1, take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway, which merges into the A61.

      At the large roundabout, take the third exit sign posted A61.

      Continue on A61, keeping the train station on your left, until you spot a McDonalds restaurant.

      Just before the McDonalds take a left onto Granville Road.

      The entrance to the college is approximately 150 metres up Granville Road, on the right hand side.


      Car parking facilities at City campus are limited to Blue Badge holders only – please see Disabled Go for more detailed access information.

      The nearest public parking is the Grosvenor Casino (pay and display) – just 5 a minute walk from the college. This can be accessed by continuing along the A61/Queen’s Road and taking the first left onto Duchess Road.

      Additional car parking can be found at Q-Park, Sheffield Train Station.

      By Train

      Sheffield Train Station is only a 10 minute walk from City Campus, and provides excellent connections to nearby towns and further afield cities.

      Visit National Rail Enquiries for more information on train travel to Sheffield.

      By Tram

      The Sheffield College is so well serviced by trams we even have a stop named after us! The nearest tram stop to City campus is Granville Road/The Sheffield College.

      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

      The Supertram website has more detailed information about times and fares.

      By Bus

      Again, being so close to the city centre you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to bus travel to college. The central bus terminal is only a 10 minute walk, and the 120 bus travelling to Crystal Peaks stops just two minutes away.

      You can check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for timetables, fares and bus passes.

      If you are a student you may be entitled to cheap bus/tram travel within Sheffield. Check out our Travel page for further details. 

      By Scooter/Motorcycle/Bike

      City Campus had parking available for both scooters and motorcycles, as well as secure bike storage. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the cycle storage.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.