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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