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Applied Science EDEXCEL BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 (Forensics) at Cornwall College

Course description

The Extended Diploma provides an opportunity for learners of 16-19 to learn transferable skills and gain a recognised qualification within the science sector.  This qualification is equivalent to three A levels and can be used to gain entry to higher education or employment. 

This course is ideal for anyone who has a keen interest in science and offers a more practical, real world approach to study, without exams. Learn about the scientific investigation of crime both in the lab and at 'crime scenes', alongside psychology, criminology, the criminal justice system, computer crime and fire investigation, forensic photography and the media. On completion you can study a wide range of university courses.

Course content

The course offers a practical, real world approach to learning and skills development. There are 19 units covered over two years.  Learning takes place through a variety of methods, including class discussions, use of case studies, and practical work such as analytical laboratory techniques and the processing of simulated crime scenes in our specially designed crime scene suite. There are also visiting speakers, educational trips and workshops.  There are no exams, but students are regularly assessed throughout the course to produce a portfolio.

Some of the modules you will study include

  • Criminal Investigation Practices
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Genetics & Genetic Engineering
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Scientific Investigation

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Science and preferably English and Maths or an equivalent qualification such as a BTEC First Certificate or Diploma in a related subject such as Applied Science.

Future opportunities

Many students progress to a degree level course in either Forensic Science or one of its many sub-fields, such as Forensic Psychology or Incident Investigation.  Degree level study in Forensic Science is available at Cornwall College and in many institutions around the country.  Other students choose degree level study in other aspects of science, or enter directly into employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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