Forensic Science or Biomedical Science Diploma at Bridgwater College
The Applied Sciences courses provide a specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required by students interested in pursuing a career within these fascinating topic areas. It will also suit students who excel in coursework.
Forensic Science is simply the application of science to the law. In criminal cases, forensic scientists are often involved in the search for and examination of physical traces, which might be useful in establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime, and the scene of a crime or victim. Such traces commonly include blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing, paint or glass from road traffic accidents.
Biomedical science is the term for the investigations carried out by biomedical scientists on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients. Without biomedical scientists the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment, and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible.
Whether you are interested in Forensic Science or Biomedical Science you must have a real interest in analytical science work because in the case of the former your analysis will produce results to be presented in court and the latter because patients' lives may depend on their skills.
The course has seven mandatory core units including:
- Principles and Applications of Science
- Practical Scientific Techniques
- Science Investigation Skills
Together with six optional units including:
- Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques
- Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
- Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Forensic Traffic Accident Investigation
* These may be subject to change to match the teaching team's specialisms.
At least five GCSEs in the A* - C or above. Double Science or Triple Science, Maths and English are essential.
Assessments will include internally set assignments, externally set controlled tasks and written exams. Assignments will include case studies, written reports, projects, performance observation and practical work.
The majority of students will progress to university to study a whole variety of broad based scientific degree courses. To maximise your opportunity to enter for a degree in forensic chemistry universities prefer that you study AS and/or A Level Chemistry alongside your Analytical and Forensic Science course. However if you intend to specialise in a biological aspect then AS or A Level Biology would be the science to study. There are other various Forensic courses that will not require a qualification in a science A Level subject namely Forensic Computing, Forensic Law and Forensic Psychology. For Biomedical Science either AS or A Level Biology or Chemistry are the obvious subjects to include in your studies for the able student. The Extended Diploma is a full time course on its own so you may choose to focus all of your time and effort into achieving the highest grade you can in this course. Many universities do accept the Extended Diploma in its own right.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.