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Course Overview

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 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.
 

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.

You will be assessed through practical work, scenario based assessment and assignments.

Science based courses at The College are taught in classrooms and specially adapted laboratories. You will also have extensive use of The College's Learning Resource Centres including Moodle (College course resources). The course also uses a specialist crime scene venue where real crimes are mocked up for the student to investigate.

You will complete 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.

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.

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

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

If aged 19 years + please ask for details.

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

For more information please contact neilsonc@bpc.ac.uk

 

Awarding Body:
EDEXCEL BTEC

Curriculum Area:
Science, Care, Health and Foundation - Science, Health and Humanities

Course Options

Wed 4th September 2024

Attendance

Full-time

Duration

2 Years

Location

Poole Campus

Adult Fee

2874.65

16 - 18 Fee

88.00

Adult Fee with Concession

2874.65

*Advanced learner loan available

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