Forensic and Criminal Investigation (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Forensic and Criminal Investigation (BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Subject Area: Science


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2020
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 144262
  • Entry Requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 4(C) or above including English and/or maths and Science,


    Level 2 in a related subject with English and/or maths and Science at grade 4(C) or above (or equivalent).

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    The Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation is highly rewarding, and provides learners who aim to progress to higher education courses with the opportunity to continue their education through applied learning. It encompasses all three science disciplines as well as law, criminology, psychology, and stages of police and forensic investigations, and is a progression route to university for these subjects.

    This qualification consists of studying thirteen units over the two years and is taught with an emphasis on practical sessions, supported by self-study, presentations, group work, discussion, and educational visits. Some of the core units include Principles and Applications of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice, Applications of Criminology, Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice, and Applications of Criminal and Forensic Psychology. It is essential that students have the ability to meet assessment deadlines. The programme also has 1 unit with an external exam and 3 units with an external task set by BTEC. We will visit places of work to prepare you for your chosen career path and work experience is planned throughout the year.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    Course Highlights

    This study programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career within the fields of forensic science, criminal investigation, psychology, law, or applied science. The programme has been designed to include practical hands-on experience in crime scene analysis, laboratory examination of evidence, policing techniques and behavioural analysis of crimes, offenders, and crime scenes.

    This programme also covers the traditional science subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. The programme and teaching resources have been selected by experts with experience in the forensic science industry.

    Core Skills Covered: Analytical Skills | Attention to Detail | Estimating | Patience | Problem Solving | Research

    Next Steps

    In addition to the applied science, forensic science, criminology, and criminal and forensic psychology sector-specific content, the requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers.

    The range of higher education degree courses that learners can progress to include:

    • BSc (Hons) in Criminology
    • BSc (Hons) in Forensic Anthropology
    • BSc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology
    • BSc (Hons) in Psychology
    • BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science
    • LLB in Law
    • BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science
    • BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2020.

    For all students aged 19+ fees will be £7395.

    For details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans, please visit the following links: Fee Remission, Advanced Learner Loans.

    Additional Costs

    £65 for crime scene kit, and £30 for trips.