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BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation

This is a two-year course which will lead to a BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation, equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. The course has a high coursework element and less emphasis on traditional written exams.

What does the course involve?

Forensic Science has a very strong scientific basis covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics with a large practical emphasis such as titrations and circuits.

The Forensics modules include crime scene management as well as procedures to recover and analyze biological (hair, fingerprints and blood); chemical (poisons and drugs) and physical (shoe casts) evidence. Using our state-of-the-art gel electrophoresis tanks, you will also carry out DNA profiling.

Environmental Forensics, a current career growth area, is studied through analysis of entomological, soil, pollen and diatom evidence and through understanding how taphonomy is used in estimating Time of Death

Year 1:

  • Unit 1 Principles and Applications of Science            
  • Unit 2 Practical Scientific Techniques                        
  • Unit 3 Science Investigation Skills                             

Year 2:

  • Unit 8 Physiology of Human Body Systems              
  • Unit 4 Forensic Investigation in Practice                   
  • Unit 13 Forensic Genetics

Trips and opportunities

As this is a new course, there are no trips in place yet. There may be more opportunities in the future.

Where does the course lead?

The Forensics Foundation Diploma has been developed in close collaboration with experts from professional bodies, businesses and universities.

The course provides learners with the knowledge, experience and hands-on practical skills to go on immediately into employment or as a stepping stone into higher education.