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Welcome to Forensics & Criminology

Course Details 

Why choose this course?

It is a BTEC worth the same UCAS points as one and a half A Levels and is designed to sit with other BTECs or A Levels. Ideal for those who want to study at university, especially a course in Forensic Science, or start work or an apprenticeship in this field. Assessed by portfolio and exams.

This is a very practical based course and students will gain the skills needed to go into the workplace, or continue to higher education. Important skills like organisation and presentations skills as well as observation and analysis skills will be developed.

You will also gain experience in using a wide range of scientific equipment and learn practical skills tailored towards working in a forensics laboratory.

Course Content/Main Topics

There are six units to be covered, four are mandatory and cover:

Principles and Applications of Science (assessed by an external exam)

Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (portfolio based and internally assessed)

Science Investigation Skills (assessed by an exam board set practical task carried out in class followed by an external exam based on the practical elements covered)

Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice (portfolio based and internally assessed)

The other two units are very forensically based, and are assessed internally. The options (chosen by the specialist teacher) are:

Forensic Fire Investigation

Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

Forensic Photography

Forensic Genetics (DNA analysis)

Environmental Forensics (investigating methods to determine time of death)

Careers and Higher Education

The course is designed for those interested in a career in Forensic science or an aspect of Criminology or Police work.


BTEC Level 3


This course is 41% externally assessed. One exam unit will be taken at the end of Y12 and could be re sat in January of Y13. The second exam unit will be sat in January of Y13 and could be re-sat in Summer Y13.

Entry Requirements

Good IT skills and a Grade 5 in Science

Contact Information

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