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Applied Science (Forensic Science) Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Redbridge College

Course description

If you want to progress to Higher Education to study Forensic Science, Psychology, Criminology (or other Science subjects) then this is the course for you! You’ll complete projects and assignments based on real-life workplace situations, activities and demands. At the end of the course you’ll be ready to enter employment or progress to high level study at university. This qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels, and if you can earn up to 420 UCAS points for your university application.

Course content

Units you will study include:

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the Science Industry
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Criminology
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis

Plus a range of specialist units in:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Mathematics
  • Genetics

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or maths, or equivalent vocational qualifications at Level 2.


You'll be taught by our highly skilled staff, who will pass on their years of industry knowledge and experience to you. You’ll be assessed through coursework including practical sessions in the laboratory, educational visits and written work. The emphasis will be on continuous assessment, rather than end-of-year examinations.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this course you will have the opportunity to further enhance your skills and knowledge by progressing on to university to study a science-related degree or HNC. Alternatively, you could enter employment straight away in areas including:

  • DNA Research Assistant
  • Forensic Analyst
  • Drug Development Scientist
  • Junior Drug Analyst
  • Forensic DNA Analyst
  • Bio-analytical Scientist
  • Forensic Explosives Laboratory Scientific Officer
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Analytical Chemist
  •  Scientific trainee
  • Pharmacology Assistant
  • School Laboratory Technician
  • Administrator - Forensic Science Service
  • Delivery Co-ordinator - Forensic Science Service
  • Trainee Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Scientific Officer
  • Trainee Police Centre Enquiry Officer
  • Community Support Officer
  • Border Agency Officer
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Theatre Support Worker
  • Administrator - Ambulance Service
  • Aviation Security Agent
  • Law
  • Criminology and Psychology

You could also progress to an Apprenticeship as a Science Technician.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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