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Forensic and Criminal Investigation BTEC National Foundation Diploma OUN at Invictus Sixth Form

Course description

It is a BTEC worth the same UCAS points as one and a half A Levels and is designed to sit with other BTECs or A Levels. Ideal for those who want to study at university, especially a course in Forensic science, or start work or an apprenticeship in this field.

This is a very practical based course and students will gain the skills needed to go into the workplace, or continue to higher education. Important skills like organisation and presentations skills as well as observation and analysis skills will be developed. You will also gain experience in using a wide range of scientific equipment and learn practical skills tailored towards working in a forensics laboratory.


Course content

There are six units to be covered, four are mandatory and cover:

• Principles and Applications of Science (The only unit assessed by an external exam)

• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (portfolio based and internally assessed) • Science Investigation Skills (assessed by an exam board set practical task carried out in class which is externally assessed)

• Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice (portfolio based and internally assessed) (Please note the first three units are the same units as the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Science)

The other two units are very forensically based, internally assessed by portfolio and could include:

• Forensic Fire Investigation

• Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

• Forensic Photography

• Forensic Genetics (DNA analysis)

• Environmental Forensics (investigating methods to determine time of death)

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirements for this course ( in addition to at least 5 Grade 5s inc. English and Maths):

Good IT skills and at least a level 5 in science


This course is 41% externally assessed. The exam unit will be taken at the end of Y12 and could be re sat in January of Y13.

Future opportunities

The course is designed for those interested in a career in Forensic science or an aspect of Criminology or Police work.

Further information

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: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: BTEC

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