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Forensic & Criminal Investigation BTEC at Myton School

Course description

The course 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.

The qualification is equivalent in size to 2 A Levels and should be chosen alongside one further Level 3 qualification.

Course content

Everyone taking this qualification will study the six mandatory units, including three units that are externally assessed:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
  • Unit 5: Applications of Criminology
  • Unit 6: Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice

Two optional units are also studied from a group that has been designed to support progression to a range of sector-related courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. The optional units offer breadth and depth of topic areas that are relevant to the Forensic and Criminal Investigation Sector. These include Forensic Genetics and Practical Chemical Analysis.

Entry requirements

At least the minimum entry requirements: English and Maths grade 5 plus three other grades at A*-C (9-4)


46% external assessment which is a mixture of exam and set task.
The remainder of the qualification is assessed by the school.

Future opportunities

Taken alongside other qualifications, this course will prepare students for progression to a wider range of degree programmes.
For example:

  • If taken alongside an A Level in Chemistry, learners can progress to forensic science degree courses.
  • If taken alongside an A Level in Psychology, learners can progress to psychology courses.
  • If taken alongside an A Level in Sociology, learners can progress to criminology courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Myton School directly.

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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