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Forensic Science

Forensic Science

How long is the course?

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Applied Science(QCF) is a 1 Year Course BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) is a 2 Year Course

Who is the course for?

BTECs are work-related qualifications suitable for a wide range of students. They're built to accommodate the needs of employers and allow progression to university. They provide a practical, real-world approach to learning without sacrificing any of the essential subject theory. They can be taken alongside, or in place of, GCSEs and A levels. They can also form the knowledge component of Foundation Learning or BTEC Apprenticeships. Available across a wide range of industry sectors, they're continually developed and updated to meet the needs of employers and learners.

What entry qualifications do I need?

C in GCSE Science or Merit in BTEC Science.

How will I be assessed?

Students have to undertake 6 units over 2 years for which they present evidence, based on real-life work and studies in the science industry. This allows them to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in practical situations. Learning should be fun, not daunting. In our experience, students enjoy BTEC programmes because they can specialise in areas of learning linked with work that they're interested in. Students build their confidence because they're developing practical skills that will help them secure a job in the future. Answers to assignments may be in written form, but it’s just as likely they will be in other s – such as film clips, project proposals, business plans and structured databases. Students are always given clear guidelines so they know what they have to achieve and how to do this.

What could I do after the course?

Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science also provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector, when taken alongside other qualifications appropriate for the desired course of study.

What else do I need to know?

To access the course you require 5 A* C or equivalent at GCSE including English. Prospective students must have attained at least a Merit at level 2 Applied Science to access the Level 3 Course.

What will I be studying?

In year 12 its main purpose is to allow learners to develop the core specialist knowledge, understanding and skills – including fundamentals of science, scientific practical techniques, and working in the science industry. In Year 13 Learners will complete an additional 3 units which includes forensic evidence collection and analysis, Chemical laboratory techniques and Genetics and Genetic engineering.

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