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Forensic Science (BTEC) Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Applied Science at The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy

Course description

This course is for students who are well organised, self-motivated but most of all interested in Science and how it is used in the world around us.


Unit 1 Fundamentals of Science: Learners will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells, the calorific value of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.

Unit 2 Working in the Science Industry: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills that an employee in the science industry needs to be an effective, efficient and safe member of a team. Learners will know communication practices, how laboratories are designed, how information is stored in laboratory information management (LIMS) and how to work safely in a scientific workplace.

Unit 4 Scientific Practical Techniques: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of techniques in the content allows the unit to be tailored to reflect the focus of different areas of study, e.g. forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, electronics and environmental science.


Unit 22 Chemical Laboratory Techniques: The aim of this unit is to give learners many opportunities to prepare, purify and analyse compounds made by reactions and by extraction. There is also a focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis, including analysis of compounds contained within commercial formulations.

Unit 18 Genetics and Genetic Engineering: The aim of this unit is to develop understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and to develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories. This will enable learners to appreciate that genes control all of the characteristics of living organisms.

Unit 32 Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop skills in using chemical, physical and biological techniques in the collection, analysis and reporting of forensic evidence. The unit also gives an overview of the methods used to present results.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year