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Forensic Science BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / Diploma / Subsidiary Diploma at Lowestoft Sixth Form College

Course description

If you are interested in helping to solve crime or in finding the answers to questions through scientific means this subject is for you. Forensic Science is simply the application of science to the law.

Some forensic scientists search for and examine traces of material which might either establish or exclude an association between a suspect and a victim or a crime. These traces might include: blood, saliva, paint, glass, footwear and tyre impressions. Others analyse drugs, specimens of tissue for poisons and blood or urine for alcohol.

Many forensic scientists present the results of their examination, as evidence, in the form of a written report which may be read to a law court on behalf of both prosecution and defence.

Course content

This course aims to develop an appreciation of the competencies, skills and knowledge required for Higher Education and employment in science-based careers. You will collect and examine samples taken from simulated crime scenes in some of the more specialised units, such as a murder scene, fire scene and crash scenes.

You will also analyse blood spatter, dust and compare fingerprints, study fire patterns, damage to vehicles, compare DNA samples, learn what makes a criminal, analyse crime statistics and carry out research. Team building and problem solving investigations will enable you to be an effective scientist.

Entry requirements

4 A*-Cs at GCSE or a Merit in a full Level 2 BTEC Diploma. If you want to add an A Level with your BTEC, you will need to meet the entry criteria for four A Levels.


Your practical assignments will be supported fully by Biology, Chemistry and Physics theory required for you to understand analysing techniques. The course is modular and equivalent to 3 A Levels. Assessment is through assignments and projects and involves a large element of practical work.

Future opportunities

This course can lead directly to careers at technician level. Alternatively, further study at a higher level will lead to jobs in areas such as criminal psychology, criminology, biomedical science, forensic science, police force or management positions in the forensic science field. Many universities, including the University of East Anglia, now offer a Paramedic Science degree also.

Further information

You will have access to a wide range of study materials, developed with the assistance of experts within their specialised field. Lessons will have a vibrant, friendly atmosphere while you are working as a forensic team. In addition, there will be opportunities for trips, to Courts, Constabulary headquarters and also guest speakers from within the forensic spectrum, such as scenes of crime officers and fire investigators.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lowestoft Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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