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Applied Science (Analytical and Forensic Science) Level 3 at Peterborough Regional College

Course description

If you are excited by the possibility of helping to solve criminal investigations by the forensic analysis of evidence or the application of criminal psychology, then this is the course for you. This course will result in a recognised qualification that is equivalent to three A Levels. You will develop theoretical, practical and investigative skills that will help you in your future career.

Course content

As well as covering a number of core mandatory science units you will study specialist units in the first and second year. The mandatory units are: •Principles and applications of science I •Practical scientific procedures and techniques •Science investigation skills •Laboratory techniques and their application •Principles and applications of science II •Investigative project •Contemporary issues in science Some of the specialist units will include: •Forensic evidence collection and analysis •Forensic fire investigation •Traffic accident investigation •Genetics and genetic engineering

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above to include English, maths and science, or a relevant level 2 qualification.


Two of the mandatory units involve written examinations. Two of mandatory units involve completion of a task under supervised conditions. These 4 units are marked externally. 

Assessment of the other units is continuous throughout the course and you will experience a variety of assessment methods including case studies, assignments and performance observations.

Future opportunities

The course is ideal if you are hoping to become a scenes of crime officer, forensic technician, join the police force or go on to a degree course in forensic sciences or criminology. If you prefer to stay in the Peterborough area, you could progress on to University Centre Peterborough to study on their degree courses in criminology, crime and investigative studies, archaeology, bioscience or psychosocial studies.


Further information

You will be required to attend a Welcome Event – details will be provided upon application.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Peterborough Regional College directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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