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Applied Science (Forensics/Medical) BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3 at Eastleigh College

Course description

The Level 3 Applied Science: Forensics provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector.

This programme is for those interested in a scientific career in the criminal justice system such as forensic investigator, forensic analyst, scenes of crime officer or analytical chemist.

On this programme you will be studying fundamental aspects of biology, chemistry and physics and mathematics relating to forensic investigations.

On successful completion of the subsidiary diploma in Applied Science, in your first year you will have the opportunity to specialise in a forensic science unit such as Forensic Fire Investigations.

In your second year, you will specialise further including units such as Criminology, Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Chemical Techniques and Chemical Analysis.

Course content

Year One Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science

  • Fundamentals of science
  • Working in the science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

Plus further units, for example:

  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Perception of science
  • Using mathematical tools in science
  • Mathematical calculations for science
  • Genetics and Genetic engineering
  • Using statistics in science
  • Informatics in science
  • Chemistry for biology technicians

Year Two Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science: Forensics
Plus further units, for example:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Scientific investigations
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Physiology of human reg. and reproduction
  • Microbiological techniques
  • Practical chemical analysis
  • Medical physics techniques
  • Chemical laboratory techniques

Students without a GCSE at grade A*-C in English or Maths will be required to continue study in this area either through GCSEs or Functional Skills. The pathway followed is dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE, screening and intended progress.

Entry requirements

You should have minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A*- C including English, Maths and Science and have a genuine interest in forensic science.

Equivalent qualifications such as First Diplomas in Science at Merit / Distinction grade may be considered if supported by GCSE English and Maths

You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview.

Year One students will be interviewed to determine suitability for Year Two progression.


This timetable allows plenty of time to complete your assessments and approximately seven hours per week will need to be put aside for independent study to complete assignments. 

The College Learning Centre will be available during non-timetabled days so you can study at home or at college.

Learners must be available to come into college during the week if it is required for a specific activity or if requested by a member of staff to complete work

Financial information

Each academic year there will be a fee of 100 to cover the costs of the uniform, stationery and lockers (as described below) and contribute towards the trips and activities undertaken over the year. Laboratory clothing will be allocated when this payment has been received.

We will provide:

  • Laboratory wear - Lab coats are compulsory items and styles vary each year
  • Stationery - Files, notepads, dividers, plastic wallets
  • Locker - Key for Public Service student locker (to be returned at end of year)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Consumables for forensic practical investigations
  • Forensic students are normally given the opportunity to complete an EFAW First Aid course

Work experience placements may require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

Future opportunities

This programme provides up to 420 UCAS points and progression to study a range of forensic related careers at university.

  • Students have progressed to university courses such as
  • Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Forensic Science
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Psychology.

Further information

You will be timetabled in college for four days each week. Hours will, in general, be from 08:45-16:30, however these may change if offsite activities are taking place.

Activities have included visits to Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Winchester Universities, local laboratories and to Hampshire Constabulary.

Personnel who are currently working in the forensics and criminology fields will visit during the course of the year (subject to availability) to give an insight into their work; they have previously provided presentations on criminal investigations, finger print analysis, criminology and crime scene investigation and analysis.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 February 2016

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