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Applied Science with Forensic & Criminal Investigation at Aston Academy

Course description

Today's BTEC Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the UK. You will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised, take some assessments that we will set and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments. You can feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans in life - whether you decide tostudy further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or to set up your owen business - yours BTEC National will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life. 

Course content

Over two years you will study four units which cover; Principles and applications of science, practical scientific procedures and techniques, science investigation skills and human pysiology.

For the Forensice & Criminal :Investigation Diploma, you will also study; Forensic Investigation procedures, applications of criminology, criminal investigation procedures, plus one optional unit in a specialised area of forensic investiation. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Mathematics and English Language, and a minimum of a grade 5 in Science.


The new BTEC national will assess you in thress ways:

  • Assignments - You will complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario and produce a portfoilio of evidence.
  • Tasks - In controlled conditions, you will complete a practical task tackling an everyday challenge.
  • Written Exam - You will draw on essentail information to create written answers to practical questions in test conditions. 

Future opportunities

The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferalbe and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers. A BTEC in Applied Science can lead to a wide range of further qualifications, including: Applied Science, Nursing, Midwifery, Biology, Biomedical Science, Sport Science and more. It can also lead to a variety of career options such as: Teaching, Science Journalist, Paramedic, Science Technician (in a range of industries) and more. 

Forensic and Criminal Investigation will offer learners the opportunity to progress to some applied degree courses. The course provides a perfect pathway to Forensic Science courses, particularly if taken in combination with A Level Chemistry, or is a good compliment to Paychology or Sociology if applying to Criminology courses.


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: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years