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Forensic Science BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

Year 12

  • Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science

You will investigate the quantities necessary in chemical reactions, the structure and functions of cells, the calorific value of different fuels and develop skills in communicating scientific information.

  • Unit 2: Working in the Science Industry

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain knowledge and skills that an employee in the science industry needs to be an effective, efficient and safe member of a team. Learners will know communication practices, how laboratories are designed, how information is stored in laboratory information management (LIMS) and how to work safely in a scientific workplace.

  • Unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to use a range of practical techniques used in science such as the analysis of substances, the separation of substances and the use of instruments/sensors. The variety of techniques in the content allows the unit to be tailored to reflect the focus of different areas of study e.g. forensic science, biology, chemistry, physics, electronics and environmental science.

Year 13

  • Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering

The students will develop understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories. This will enable learners to appreciate that genes control all of the characteristics of living organisms.

  • Unit 31: Criminology

This unit allows students to delve into the media’s role in the reporting of crime. Students will look at competing arguments about crime itself, its measurement, explanations of its causes and its portrayal by the media, and changes in the penal policy.

  • Unit 32: Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis

This unit enables learners to develop skills in using chemical, physical and biological techniques in the collection, analysis and reporting of forensic evidence. The unit also gives an overview of the methods used to present results.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For Vocational Courses, it should include English or Maths. Plus 2 C’s in Science or Merit at Level 2 – preferably C in Maths


Assessment is assignment-based and depends upon a portfolio of evidence. This includes practical investigations as well as course work you produce e.g. photographs, video footage, computer print-outs, research. Work will be marked by your Science tutor, followed by verification carried out at the school and then checked by Edexcel. There are 3 core units to be studied in Year 12, followed by an additional 3 units in Year 13.

Future opportunities

This qualification is widely recognised as providing students with excellent problem-solving, analytical, communication and research skills, all of which are transferable and highly desired by employers and universities alike. As such, this course can lead you in the direction of different possible pathways, such as further education, apprenticeship and employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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