BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) (QCF)
Year 1 starts 13 September ends 6 July 2012 Attendance 15 hours a week over three days
Do you have an adaptive and inquisitive mind? This course is suitable for people with a passion for Science, and its role in the Criminal Justice System. The use of scientific evidence in court runs through all the subjects.
You should be methodical, meticulous with detail and be ready to accept new challenges.
This course is your first step towards working within the field of Science, or Criminology and one which provides you with the basic skills and knowledge required to further your study at university.
As well as learning new methods of working you will find that your communication skills will improve, as this is an important skill for any Forensic Scientist. You will also learn how to assemble and process data while being articulate about your findings.
The National Diploma is an 18 unit course, made up of 6 core units and 12 specialist units and is equivalent to 3 A Levels.
The 6 core units include:
- Fundamentals of Science
- Working in the Science Industry
- Scientific Investigation
- Scientific Practical Techniques
- Perceptions of Science
- Application of Numbers for Science Technicians
The specialist units can include:
- Statistics for Science Technicians
- Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
- Microbiological Techniques
- Criminal Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Forensic Photography
- Mathematics for Science Technicians
- Using Science in the Workplace
- Practical Chemical Analysis
- Medical Physics Techniques
- Chemical Laboratory Techniques
It is expected that trips and visiting speakers will fulfil most of your direct experience with the Forensic Industry.
You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, Science and Mathematics, or BTEC 1st Diploma in Applied Science with a suitable Merit profile, or other Level 2 programme in appropriate subjects.
If English is not your first language, a minimum IELTS (Academic) of 5.5, Cambridge FCE, TOEFL 530 (paper based),71 (internet based), 197 (computer based) or TOEIC 850 is required. Completion of High School studies with good passes is required.
You will be assessed through practical work, scenario based assessment and assignments.
While employment may be found within the field of forensic science direct from college, the recommended progression route would be university to enhance your knowledge and skills.
Tuition fees are not payable on full time courses for 16-18 year olds.
If aged 19 years + please ask for details.
£5900 per year to include books, examination fees and registration fees. There may be additional costs for educational visits, uniforms, materials etc. and this cost will be advised on application.
There are additional fees associated with this course - please ask for further details.