This BTEC Extended Diploma will enable you to study Forensic Science and criminology. The course contains elements of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology as well as Forensic Science. This will equip you with a broad knowledge of Science at Level 3. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels.
You will investigate a simulated crime during the course, collecting and analysing evidence in the manner of a Scene of Crime Officer and Forensic scientist. In the first year you will study for a Foundation Diploma. This comprises four mandatory units and two options. This method of assessment varies between units; some require an exam or a task marked by the exam board, whereas others are coursework-based and assessed by your teachers. Mandatory units: • Principles & Applications of Science I (external exam) • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (coursework) • Science Investigation Skills (external task) • Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice (coursework) • Physiology of Human Body Systems • Forensic Genetics These units provide the grounding needed in science to progress to the second year. These units provide a mixture of science theory and practical investigation skills. Some more specific forensic science content is also introduced. The second year of the course comprises three further mandatory units; and four more optional units: Mandatory units: • Applications of Criminology (external task) • Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice (coursework) • Applications of Criminal and Forensic Psychology (external task) • Forensic Fire Investigation • Forensic Photography • • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation • Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques. These units provide an opportunity to relate your fundamental science knowledge to forensic science in greater detail.
You could progress on to a university degree in a range of subjects, such as Forensic Science and many biology and chemistry-related degrees.
Please note that the course is not suitable for most physics-related degrees. Some universities express a preference for A-Levels over BTEC
courses, however recent changes to the manner of assessment mean that universities are becoming increasingly accepting. The course also allows you to progress into direct employment in scientific laboratories.
You will have a mixture of formal examinations and course work. Approximately 20% Examinations and 80% is coursework.