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.
 

What the course leads to

What courses can I do after this? 

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.

What jobs can I get? 

After completing Analytical and Forensic science here at The College, you will be equiped with skills that are highly valued by employers. You may find opportunities for roles like:

  • Forensic Laboratory Technician
  • Crime Scene Investigator (CSI)
  • Police Officer

And other scientific roles like:

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Science School Technician
  • Animal Technician
  • Food Technician
  • Pharmacy retail worker

What do I need to apply

To do this course you should have... 

You will require a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including English, maths and double Science grades 9-4 (formerly A*-C). Alternatively successful completion of a relevant Level 2 qualification and have achieved a Level 2 Functional Skill in English and maths.

What about work experience? 

You will complete 30 hours of work experience during each year on the course.

This will build your skillset and give evidence that you can apply your knowledge in a workplace setting. This will make you standout to employers.

International entry requirements 

If you are not from an English Language speaking country, you will need to have UKVI IELTS 5.5. We accept a wide range of academic qualifications awarded overseas and use the UK NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) guidelines for international comparisons. For tuition and accommodation fees please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/international/courses/tuition-fees and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.

Course costs

Course Code Start Date Costs 16-18 Costs 19-23 (with concessions) Costs 19+ (no concessions)
HAC3FD005C 06/09/2021 £85.00 £85.00 £2573.00
There is an Advanced Learner Loan available for this course.

* Please note fees are subject to change.

Costs 

Tuition fees are not payable on full time courses for 16-18 year olds.

If aged 19 years + please ask for details.

Course materials £50

International Fees 

For tuition and accommodation fees please visit www.thecollege.co.uk/international/courses/tuition-fees and our International Operations team can offer you advice and guidance before and during your studies.

Course content

Course Content 

The National Diploma is an 13 unit course, made up of 7 core units and 7 specialist units and is equivalent to 3 A Levels.
The 7 core units include:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I and II
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Scientific Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application
  • Contemporary Issues in Science
  • Investigative Projects

The specialist units can include:

  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering

 

  • Core Maths - optional

It is expected that trips and visiting speakers will fulfil most of your direct experience with the Forensic Industry.
 

More info

Start Day/Time 

Year 1 starts 6th September ends 1st July

 

Attendance - 15 hours a week over three days

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3

Awarding Body 

EDEXCEL BTEC

Curriculum Area 

Applied Science, Care and Foundation Studies - Science, Access and Counselling

More about the course 

There are additional fees associated with this course - please ask for further details.

 

Duration 

2 Years

Attendance 

Full-time

Level 

Level 3

Qualification Name 

Level 3

Awarding Body 

EDEXCEL BTEC