Forensic Science BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3

If you are interested by forensics and want to work in an environment similar to CSI then this course could be for you.

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2 Years


September 2020 start


The course focuses on the forensic aspects of biological, chemical and physical sciences alongside complementary units in criminal psychology and criminology.

You will develop practical and deductive reasoning skills, as you study aspects of forensic science.

You will study 7 mandatory units:

  • Principles and applications of science I
    • This unit covers some of the key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications.
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
    • You will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.
  • Science investigation techniques
    • You will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.
  • Laboratory techniques and their application
    • This unit covers the importance of health and safety in work place laboratories, how data is stored and communicated and how organic liquids and solids are made and tested industrially.
  • Principles and applications of science II
    • This unit builds on and extends the range of key science concepts in biology, chemistry and physics that were covered in Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I.
  • Investigative project
    • In this unit, you will carry out an investigative project that you have chosen in collaboration with your teacher. You will choose one topic area that interests you and this will form the basis of your investigative project.  You will carry out a scientific literature search and review, considering the project’s aims and objectives, then produce a realistic plan and carry out the project safely using your scientific investigation skills, project management skills and what you have learnt from the other units.  Finally, you will prepare an evaluative report that will consider the project outcomes and suggest amendments that may have improved those outcomes.
  • Contemporary issues in science
    • This unit will enable you to develop your skills and understanding in evaluating the impact of contemporary scientific issues and how they are discussed in publications.

You will also study 6 of 19 optional units, including:

  • Biomedical science
  • Medical physics applications
  • Materials science
  • Forensic evidence, collection and analysis
  • Cryogenics and vacuum technology
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Forensic traffic collision investigation

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs with the following grades: English at grade 4 and maths at grade 3 or above, and 3 other GCSEs grade 4 or above including a science subject.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed with coursework and practical assessments. Although there are no final examinations, your theoretical knowledge is sometimes assessed through short tests.


You could go on to study a degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in forensic science, applied science or a related area, such as criminology, psychology or criminal justice studies.

You could enter employment as a science technician.

Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

You may need to some costs, including stationery, computer discs, scientific calculator and laser printing.

Maximum likely cost is under £10 per year. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties.

For more information, contact student support services, tel: 0500 162100.


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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2022-06-24 00:00:00.000



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