Forensic & Criminal Investigation

Qualification: BTEC Extended Diploma
Level 3

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About this course

This course is perfect if you enjoy all things science-related, have a particular interest in problem solving and investigation and want a career in criminology and forensics.

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.

Throughout the course you will develop your scientific understanding and practical skills through a series of assignments and challenging investigations which utilise some of the techniques used by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists in the workplace including collecting evidence from crime scenes and analysis of evidence through chemical spectroscopy, fingerprint analysis, chemical and biological testing.

If a career in forensic and criminal investigation is for you, then this course is the ideal stepping stone you’ll need to progress to university-level study.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

Earn up to 168 UCAS points#

#168 UCAS points based on Distinction grades

What you will learn

Over the two years you will learn a variety of subjects within forensic and criminal investigation including:

Year 1:

  • Principles and applications of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Forensic investigation procedures in practice

Optional units available:

  • Physiology of body systems
  • Environmental forensics in crime

Year 2:

  • Applications of criminology
  • Criminal investigation procedures in practice
  • Criminal and forensic psychology

Optional units available:

  • Forensic anthropology and archaeology
  • Forensic photography
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Forensic traffic collision investigation

Entry requirements
  • 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4/A*-C (including English, maths and science)

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
02/09/19 2 years Main campus
What next?

This level 3 course provides an excellent route to university and is particularly suitable for degrees, including: Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, Criminology & Psychology, Policing & Criminal Investigation, Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation, and Criminology.

Career prospects: Detective, CSI Technician, Forensic Scientist, Scientific Laboratory Technician, Toxicologist, Forensic Anthropologist, Forensic Archaeologist, Forensic Entomologist, Forensic Psychologist, Fire Investigation Officer, Crime Scene Investigator.

Additional information

Trips, visits and activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Work experience
  • External careers events
  • Industry week activities

If you will be 19 before the start of the second year of this course, you will be liable to pay a fee for that year. Please contact us for more information.