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Applied Science (Forensic Science) Level 3 Extended Diploma at East Surrey College

Course description

The Forensic Science course provides a specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required by students interested in pursuing a career within this fascinating topic area, which also includes science, law and psychology.
Forensic Science is simply the application of science to the law. In criminal cases, forensic scientists are often involved in the search for and examination of physical traces, which might be useful in establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime, and the scene of a crime or victim. Such traces commonly include blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing, paint or glass from road traffic accidents, or flammable substances which may have been used to start fires. You will on completion of the course understand the process of investigation from crime scene to court from a practical and theoretical perspective.

Course content

Units/topics covered:
The course has six compulsory core units:
 Fundamentals of Science
 Working in the Science Industry
 Scientific Investigations
 Scientific Practical Techniques
 Perceptions of Science
 Using Mathematical Tools in Science (1/2 unit)
 Together with 13 specialist units*:
- Using Statistics in Science (1/2 unit)
- Chemical Laboratory Techniques
- Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
- Forensic Psychology
- Chemistry for Biology Technicians
- Medical Physics Techniques
- Forensic Fire Investigation
- Forensic Photography
- Criminology
- Criminal Psychology
- Criminal Investigation Procedures
- Criminal Investigation Practice
- Microbiological Techniques
* These may be subject to change to match the teaching team's specialisms

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grade A* - C that includes English and Maths or BTEC NQF Level 2 Extended Certificate/BTEC QCF Level 2 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grades A*-C in English and Maths


Assessment is through coursework; there are no exams for the Extended Diploma. Assignments will include case studies, written reports, projects, performance observation and time constrained assessments all with a practical forensic science theme.

Financial information

If you are under 19 on 31/08/2016, tuition is free. If you are 19 or over please consult Client Services for advice and guidance on funding and eligibility.
Please be aware that there may be additional costs for equipment and educational visits. This information will be available from the curriculum staff at interview.

Future opportunities

It can lead to degrees in Science and Forensic Science.
Job roles could include Crime Scene Investigator for the Police or a Forensic Science Officer in a Forensic Science Laboratory.

Further information

If you have any outstanding queries please contact our Client Services team on 01737 788444

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
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