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Btec Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Inapplied Science (Forensic Science) at Downend School

Course description

Year 1

3 Compulsory Units:

Fundamentals of Science: Learners wishing to pursue a career in science will need a general understanding of all the main sciences, including basic practical techniques. This unit introduces learners to a number of fundamental scientific concepts in chemistry, biology and physics.

Working in the Science Industry: The understanding and skills of laboratory science technicians and other professionals who work in a variety of places and scientific disciplines contribute to find solutions for many scientific challenges. Scientists need to have a good understanding of specialist laboratories. An understanding of safety regulations, quality systems and the application of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) is essential.

Scientific Practical Techniques: The ability to sample and test substances and materials is important in many branches of industry, in research work and in forensic science. In order to do this, learners need to be able to select and use appropriate instruments for the work being carried out. In this unit they will gain experience of a range of instruments and their use.

Year 2

3 Units that may include the following:

Genetics and Genetic Engineering: The aim of this unit is to develop understanding of the principles of Mendelian genetics and to develop knowledge and practical techniques used in commercial, analytical and research laboratories.

Criminology: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to know theoretical explanations of crime and how the aims of state penal policy relate to crime theories. Learners will also how competing definitions of crime influence its measurement and the role of the media in our perception of crime.

Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis: The aim of this unit is to enable 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.

Forensic Photography: The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ knowledge of theoretical principles for using equipment to make photographic portfolios for forensic purposes and how photography is used in the Criminal Justice System. They will gain skills in using equipment to make photographic records and producing photographic portfolios for forensic purposes.

Criminal Psychology: The aim of this unit is to enable learners to gain an understanding of selected perspectives in psychology and to consider how they are used to explain criminal behaviour and issues within the Criminal Justice System.

At the end of the first year it is possible to obtain a Certificate in Applied Science if the Year 12 work is completed successfully.

Entry requirements

Yr12: BTEC Level 2 Applied Science (Merit/Distinction/Distinction*) or GCSE Additional Science B grade

Yr13: Pass in the 3 compulsory units

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years