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Forensic Science BTEC Level 3

This course is perfect if you enjoy all things science-related and have a particular interest in problem solving and investigation. Assisting in a criminal enquiry or piecing together the jigsaw of a complex crime scene, is a challenging profession, but at the same time, hugely rewarding knowing that your skills and knowledge could help to solve the puzzle in an important investigation. If this is the career for you, then this course is the stepping stone you’ll need to progress to university-level study. Covering a variety of topics including forensic psychology and scientific practical techniques, you will gain both a theoretical and a practical feel for this intriguing and progressive field of study.

+ Course details and future career paths

Forensic Science is simply the application of science to the law. In criminal cases, forensic scientists are often involved in the search for and examination of physical traces, which might be useful in establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime, and the scene of a crime or victim. Such traces commonly include blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing, paint or glass from road traffic accidents, or flammable substances which may have been used to start fires.

Biomedical science is the term for the investigations carried out by biomedical scientists on samples of tissue and body fluids to diagnose disease and monitor the treatment of patients. From cancer screening to diagnosing HIV, from blood transfusion for surgery to food poisoning and infection control, biomedical scientists are the foundation of modern healthcare. Biomedical scientists work in partnership with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to perform many different roles in NHS laboratories. Without biomedical scientists the diagnosis of disease, the evaluation of the effectiveness of treatment, and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible.

Whether you are interested in Forensic Science or Biomedical Science you must have a real interest in analytical science work because in the case of the former your analysis will produce results to be presented in court and the latter because patients' lives may depend on their skills. To be a great scientist you will need to have careful analytical skills and this course will definitely build these up to a good standard when you apply yourself to your studies.

The course has seven mandatory core units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Practical Scientific Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Laboratory Techniques and their Application in Industry
  • Principles and Applications of Science II
  • Vocational Investigative Project
  • Contemporary Issues in Science

Together with six optional units listed below:

  • Analytical and Forensic Science pathway optional units
  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry
  • Industrial Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis

+ Progression

On completion of the course you could progress to the Level 3 Applied Science course or on to a degree in forensic science, criminology or psychology. Career path options include jobs such as a forensic investigator, laboratory scientist or crime scene officer.


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