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Applied Science (Forensics) BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Forensic Science course started in 2006 for students who prefer a more vocational and practical course of study that covers a considerable breadth of subject specialisms. It is the equivalent to 3 A levels and this qualification is recognised by universities. Our consistency with entry requirements of 5 GCSEs coupled with rigorous monitoring of progress ensure our students achieve their highest potential. It is a very popular course for those who are keen in science and want to follow a degree in forensic science, or any related field eg. biological science. Students who wish to progress to university are fully supported during their two years of study with us. Students are also supported to progress on apprenticeships within the field

Course content

This course applies scientific principles for use in the forensic field. It is the equivalent to three A levels and will include units such as Laboratory Practice, the Scientific Method, Scientific Principles and the Application of Chemistry and Biology in Forensic Applications. In addition, a wide range of forensic specialisms will be studied - Criminology, Psychology, Photography, Criminal and Accident Investigations - so that you can explore a range of related subject matter associated with the field. Maths is embedded throughout the programme delivery.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs A*-C including Science, Maths and English. It is recommended that you have a good level of achievement in a science based course such as the Double Science Award, preferably with a grade B, or the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science, will be considered. If you are progressing directly from the Level 2 and do not have the required GCSEs at grade C or above, it will be necessary to study for these qualifications alongside the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma. You will need to discuss this with a course tutor at recruitment. 

Are you motivated for a career in Science? This is a two-year full time course which can lead to university to study either for a degree in Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Forensic Photography, Forensic Psychology, Criminology or any science-related course, further training, including apprenticeships or employment as Science Technician.


As this is a vocational course you will be assessed mostly by course work which you need to pass. Every unit consists of a series of assignments awarded at pass, merit or distinction level. These cover a range of tasks including; written assignments, presentations, scientific reports, practicals and a portfolio of evidence. You will need to be very organised and keep up to date with all the coursework.

Financial information

It is recommended for students studying on the programme to purchase the BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science Student Book. ISBN-13: 978-1846906800 or ISBN-13: 978-1846906800

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

On completion of the Level 3 Applied Science (Forensic) course you will have the ability to apply to university or for apprenticeships to further develop your skills in this fascinating subject. You will receive support for applications to university, apprenticeships or work, with training to pursue your career in the range of jobs associated with Forensic Investigation. Potential careers include: Forensic Scientist, Fingerprint Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Police Officer, Laboratory Technician and Forensic Photographer.

Further information

Students that enter the course without a C or above in GCSE English or maths will be expected to study this alongside their main programme. Students will also be able to access support from the LRC Learning Coaches, Outside the Box workshops and students will also be expected to undertake work experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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