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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science at East Sussex College Hastings

Course description

During this two-year course you will develop the lab skills and knowledge to help you to progress into a career in laboratory science.

Course content

Over the duration of the course you learn the fundamentals of the application of science to the law. You will master the practical techniques you need to help collect forensic evidence, by searching for and examining physical traces that could be used to establish a link to someone suspected of committing a crime. You will understand forensic psychology and also gain an understanding of the criminal investigation process.

You will also develop an appreciation of the competencies, skills and knowledge required for Higher Education and employment in science-based careers.

During the course you will be able to study six mandatory and six optional modules including:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Science practical techniques
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Criminal investigation procedures
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Forensic psychology

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to meet the minimum requirements of 5 Grade 5 GCSEs (including Maths and English) and have a Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or Combined Science.


Your assessments will be coursework-based, and will include specific unit assignments, presentations, tests, observation of practical work and practical lab written reports.

Financial information

There may be some additional costs during the course for trips and visits to further your learning.

Future opportunities

This course would be good to study alongside other A-Level subjects such as Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, allowing for progression to university courses in Science, Nursing, Physiotherapy, or Zoology.

You may also look to start your career in the industry and work towards becoming a Forensic scientist, or Crime scene investigator.

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: 06 September 2018
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    • Located next to Hasting town centre, Station Plaza is a large, light-filled building surrounded by 22,000 square meters of study space and social zones. Classrooms are equipped with the most up-to-date resources and interactive whiteboards. It houses multiple IT suites, a gym, Coast coffee, Subway, Coast Restaurant, a training kitchen, a professional salon, an art shop, diner and a large Learning Resource Centre. 

      Students have 24/7 access to lessons and learning resources from home via WIKI, podcasts and teacher/student blogs. Students can hire laptops from the LRCs and both sites are WIFI activated.