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Applied Science (Forensic) Level 3 at The King Edmund School

Course description

Applied Science (Forensics) is a multidisciplinary subject which includes biology, physics, chemistry and sociology topics with forensic applications. It will allow you to develop key skills for working in a scientific laboratory environment.

Course content

This course will suit you if you have an interest in all of the sciences and it will give you valuable vocational-based experience. You will study a mixture of biology, chemistry, physics and sociology with forensic applications. The core content is divided into six units covering: fundamentals of science, report writing, working in the science industry, safe working practices in the scientific workplace, analytic techniques, separation of chemical substances, checking purity of substances, gathering forensic evidence, analysis of biological and chemical evidence from a simulated crime scene, reporting the analysis of evidence from a simulated crime
scene, understanding the process of protein synthesis, investigating the process of cell division in eukaryotic cells, understanding the principles of Mendelian genetics and investigating the nature of inheritance, applying basic techniques of DNA technology including DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, amplification of DNA and transformation of cells, theoretical explanations of crime, the role of the media in our perception of crime and the aims of state penal policy related to crime theories.


All work is internally assessed via the completion of assignments.

Future opportunities

With this course you may progress straight into employment in roles such as sterile services technician, assistant technical officer or scientific laboratory technician. Alternatively, you may wish to progress further into higher education and could gain the skills to play an active role within the criminal justice system in a career that may include scenes of crime officer, criminologist or criminal psychologist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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