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Forensic Investigation (Level 3)

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Life Sciences


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

If you want to become a real-life Crime Scene Investigator or work in any part of forensic science, this course will be the first step in achieving that aim. Covering different theoretical and practical aspects of forensic science, this course is an excellent starting point for a future in forensic science.This course focuses on evidence collection, analysis and understanding all areas of forensic investigation including fire and traffic collision scenarios.

What will I learn?

You will learn about the principles and applications of science and contemporary issues within forensic science. You will gain the knowledge and skills to be able to plan and carry out forensic investigations before accurately analysing the results. You will also complete a number of optional modules as you begin to specialise in your areas of interest.

These additional modules may be in areas such as:

• Forensic Fire Investigation
• Forensic Genetics
• Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation
• Forensic photography

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics, English and Science.

Alternatively, you should have passed a relevant Level 2 qualification with at least a Merit grade and GCSE passes in English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation assessed via examinations, coursework and practical forensic investigations.

50-day work placement.

Additional Costs and Information

You will be expected to join in course trips to other organisations and exhibitions and this may involve costs for travel and entry fees.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Life Sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist

  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist

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