What do I learn?
You will follow the EdExcel BTEC specification. There are core and specialist units.
• unit 1: Fundamentals of Science (Year 1)
• unit 2: Working in the Science Industry (Year 1/2)
• unit 3: Scientific Investigations (Year 2)
• unit 4: Scientific Practical Techniques (Year 1/2)
• unit 5: Perceptions of Science (Year 2)
• unit 6: Using Mathematical Tools in Science (Year 1)
• unit 8: Using Statistics for Science (Year 1)
• unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems (Year 1)
• unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction (Year 2)
• unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Year 1)
• unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis (Year 2)
• unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques (Year 1/2)
• unit 31: Criminology (Year 2)
• unit 32: Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis (Year 2)
• unit 33: Forensic Photography (Year 2)
• unit 34: Criminal Psychology (Year 1)
• unit 35: Applications of Forensic Psychology (Year 2)
• unit 36: Forensic Fire Investigation (Year 1)
• unit 40: Criminal Investigation in Practice (Year 2)
Assessment for this course is through a combination of coursework and examination. The examination period is May/June. There are regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
What do I gain?
You will acquire a range of relevant skills including decision making, problem solving, challenging assumptions, and quantifying and managing information. You gain the skills necessary for further academic study such as strong report writing and study skills, including presentation skills. You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time.
By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support including advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
Applicants for the Extended Diploma in Forensic Science will normally have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths, English and Double or Triple Science.
If you are interested in an A-level programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider please contact us with your details. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.
What do I gain?
With a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic Science you can progress to higher education to study courses at university. These can range from forensic or crime scene science to biology, chemistry and forensic psychology. Other students have found employment in local laboratories.
What else do I need to know?
You learn in a variety of ways including discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance of challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there will be a strong focus on your individual learning needs. Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect you to be fully committed to your studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are also many enrichment opportunities which enable you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.