Course: Forensic Science BTEC

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Forensic Science BTEC


Sixth Form College


2 Years



Dexter…The Mentalist…CSI…Cold Case..Bones…Law & Order…NCIS…Criminal Minds…Silent Witness…Case Closed…Quincy……Diagnosis Murder…Murder she wrote…Waking the Dead… and The Body Farm.

IT’S EVERYWHERE!!!! So has this influenced you??!!

If you are interested in helping to solve crime or in finding the answers to questions through scientific means this subject is for you. Forensic Science is simply the application of science
to the law. This course aims to develop an appreciation of the competencies, skills and knowledge required for university and employment in Science based careers. This is a two year course, it is equivalent to 3 A levels. Assessment is by assignments and exams, including theory and practical.

  • Forensic Evidence & Collection including: Crime Scene Analysis, Blood Spatter, Biological Fluids, Fingerprints, Hair, Fibres, Tool Marks, Insects, Bones, Facial Reconstruction & Wounds!
  • Forensic Fire Investigation including ignition, patterns of fire, the behaviour of fire, point of origin, fire prevention, simulated fire scene!
  • Traffic Accident Analysis including: physics of forces and motion, crash scenes, damage to vehicles, injuries to occupants and pedestrians in an accident, simulated crash scene!

AND THERE’S MORE!…….Biomedical science, Physiology, Genetics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

What We Add

Specialist teaching of subject area with outstanding learning. A range of fun lesson activities, incorporating all individual students styles.

Constant feedback and communication, students gaining awareness of how to make progress by self and peer assessment. Students developing the confidence to discuss and participate, students able to reflect and become responsible for own learning, students becoming independent enquirers. Students constantly involved and collaborating in the enhancers to the whole learning process.

Excellent facilities with hi-spec Laboratories. Access to a wide range of the latest Forensic study materials. A vibrant, friendly atmosphere, working as a Forensic team. In addition, there will be opportunities for trips, for example to Courts, Constabulary.


4 A* – Cs at GCSE or a Merit in a full Level 2 BTEC Diploma but preferably, due to the increasing challenge of the new BTEC, 5 A* to Cs including Maths and English (4 or 5)

* Under review subject to change — From 2016 external assessment is being introduced to all level 3 vocational qualifications. For BTEC National qualifications in science this means that students will take an exam and complete an applied controlled assessment, as well as completing coursework *


This course can lead directly to careers at technician level. Alternatively, further study at a higher level will lead to jobs in areas such as criminal psychology, criminology, biomedical science, forensic science, police force or management positions in the forensic science field. Many universities, including the UEA, now offer a Paramedic Science degree also.

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