Course: BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science

Department: Applied Science

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

The course combines an intriguing mix of both science and social science, all of which focus on the diverse work carried out by laboratory scientists and enables students to gain both a theoretical and a practical feel for the lab science sector. Students benefit from having access to a crime scene room, enabling them to gain first-hand experience of forensic evidence collection, including DNA collection and blood splatter analysis.


A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

  • One-year Extended Certificate
  • One-year Foundation Diploma  
  • Two-year Diploma 
  • Two-year Extended Diploma.

What You Study

  • The application of science within the legal framework
  • Searching for and examining physical traces
  • Crime scene identification
  • Establishing cause of incident
  • Laboratory analysis
  • The latest in industry best practice
  • Science investigation
  • Work experience and employability skills
  • English and Maths, as required.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade C or 4 or equivalent, including Science, and English and Maths. Equivalent qualifications may be considered. Life experience will be taken into account when considering applications from mature students. One satisfactory reference is also required.

George Pilington

BTEC Level 3 in Applied Science

George has a passion for science, in particular chemistry and biology, and is aiming to continue his studies at a higher level. He is also keen on a number of sports and has two part-time jobs, one as a lifeguard and one at his local pub.