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Applied Science (Forensic Science) Level 3 at Kendal College

Course description

This is a dedicated Forensic Science course taught through practical and theoretical aspects.

You will learn to follow a criminal investigation from crime scene to court via the practical aspects of forensic evidence analysis, the police investigation, the scientific, forensic and psychological investigation and the full court process.

This course is aimed at learners wishing to progress to university to study degrees in Forensic Science, Psychology and Forensic Psychology, Forensic Anthropology, Criminology, Criminal Investigation and Policing.  There are also progression routes in the workplace such as forensic scientists, fraud investigation and laboratory technicians.

The College has a brand new state-of-the-art laboratory and highly qualified and experienced staff. The department organises a variety of trips, for example, visits to university departments and international visits to Geneva.

This course will develop your laboratory, numeracy, communication and team working skills.

The course usually takes place over 3 days per week.

All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a ā€˜Cā€™ grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.

This course will be part of a wider study programme, which may also include english & maths, work placement and additional studies.

Course content

You will study the subjects of practical science, CSI investigation, photography, policing, psychology, criminology, criminal investigation and much more.

You will attend classes where you will learn the scientific principles of techniques used in forensic science and you will conduct practical experiments within a state of the art scientific laboratory with IT facilities. You will study the principles of forensic science, whilst analysing current news stories and following on-going criminal investigations. 

You will examine historical cases and assess the competencies of the criminal investigations, whilst evaluating the analysis of the evidence, conclusions and criminal verdicts. You will be provided with a variety of simulated crime scenes where you will enhance, collect and analyse the evidence whilst conducting yourself in a professional, CSI manner.  You will also have the opportunity to study the psychological aspect of criminal cases and analyse serial killers throughout history.

Teaching will include a mix of theory and practical sessions.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are five GCSEs C and/or above with English, Maths and Science.  Discuss your individual grades or predictions with our dedicated staff at one of our open evenings or at interview.


The course is currently assessed via coursework. You will be provided with a range of assignment formats: essays, leaflets, posters, practical experiments, presentations, group work and scientific reports. You will be provided with guidance and support when learning the formats, during your assignment writing and you will receive ample time to research and complete your work.

Future opportunities

There are a range of career opportunities within the forensic science field and the following list contains a selection, although there are many more specialities:

  • CSI
  • Police Officer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Criminal Psychologist
  • Forensic Anthropologist
  • Detective
  • Major Crimes Officer
  • Ballistics Expert
  • Fingerprint Expert
  • DNA Expert
  • Criminal investigation
  • Fraud investigation

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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    • The majority of our courses are based at our main site. The College completed a £12.9 million new build project in 2008, which includes reception, conference and seminar suites, hairdressing salons and 250-seat cafe with external balcony. The site also features the stunning Construction and Heritage Centre, which features cutting edge facilities for carpentry and joinery, brickwork, plumbing and electrical installation.

      In October 2010 the College opened the South Lakeland Design Engineering Centre, which has brought engineering back to Kendal College. The Centre, designed in conjunction with local engineering firms including Gilbert Gilkes & Gordon Limited, features state of the art computer numerical control (CNC) machinery, including a 3D printer, which prints out solid models directly from CAD Drawings. The college is currently building a new, purpose-built engineering centre which will open in September 2014 and provide new courses in medical science, engineering and sustainable energy.