Forensic Investigation BTEC

Equivalent to 1.5 x A levels and should be chosen alongside two further Level 3 qualifications.

This course cannot be taken with Applied Science.

Departmental contact

Mr Garner – garner.t@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

Pearson – BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL FOUNDATION DIPLOMA

Entry requirements

At least a grade 4/5 in GCSE English and Maths plus grade 5 in combined or triple science. These can be reviewed with Ms Stevens and Mr Garner on individual applications.

Students say

“My favourite part of the course is the analysis of evidence, specifically analysing a mock crime scene. I find it really interesting how methodical each Crime Scene Investigation needs to be, and how much work is required to understand what has been recovered.”

“I have developed many transferable skills from studying forensics such as report writing interpretation of information, and the ability to tackle mathematical calculations.”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

Forensic investigation explores the practical and theoretical aspects of crime scene analysis and the interpretation of evidence.

The course covers key scientific knowledge and practical skills required by students interested in pursuing a career in roles related to Forensic Science, and students can expect to study a wide variety of modules during the course.

Any student interested in both forensic investigation and social sciences should consider applying for this course as they often complement each other. Please see Ms Stevens or Mr Garner with queries regarding this.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

Students will develop transferable and higher-order skills that are well regarded by both higher education and employers.

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: Developing the use of critical thinking to try creative solutions when overcoming problems.
  • Interpersonal skills: Using clear communication to give (and follow) instructions, and the confidence to negotiate and present ideas to successfully work as part of a group.
  • Intrapersonal skills: Developing a reflective attitude to improve the ability to self-manage workload, and test resilience to change.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Students taking this qualification will study 6 (4 mandatory units and 2 optional units). Please note, units 1 & 3 are externally assessed:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

Units 1-4 cover scientific knowledge and practical skills used by Forensic Investigators to analyse the crime scene and the evidence collected.

The two optional units each cover a specific discipline in Forensic Investigation in detail. These units are subject to change.

Overall, these 6 units offer breadth and depth of topic areas that are relevant to the forensic and criminal investigation sector. Understanding how these units relate and overlap is essential when developing a greater appreciation for the work that Forensic Investigators do every day.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Approximately 30% of the course is externally assessed (a mixture of exams and a set task). The remainder of the qualification is assessed by the school through internal assessments.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

Taken alongside other qualifications, this course will prepare students for progression to a wider range of degree programmes.

For example:

  • If taken alongside an A Level in Chemistry, learners can progress to forensic science degree courses.
  • If taken alongside an A Level in Psychology, learners can progress to psychology courses.
  • If taken alongside an A Level in Sociology or a Criminology qualification, learners can progress to criminology courses.

Learners should always check the entry requirements with specific Higher Education providers.

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