This course is aimed at those with an interest in both Applied Science and also Forensics and Criminology. The course is a mixture of theory and practical and is aimed at improving our students' employability skills in preparation for a job in this industry. You will develop scientific analytical-thinking skills through the use of biological, chemical and physical evidence. You will remain impartial, develop a chronology and provide scientific justification for analysis and you will present facts in a non-biased manner through detailed investigations.
This course requires you to practically explore the principles of science that form the basis of some of the analytical techniques commonly used to investigate crimes, as well as to carry out analysis on forensic evidence. It also requires you to interpret the results and report valid conclusions. By the end of the course you will be able to produce a coherent forensic expert report, with interpretation of findings from the analysis of evidence.
A range of pathways are available, depending on your qualifications:
- One-year Foundation Diploma
- Two-year Diploma
- Two-year Extended Diploma.
- Principles and applications of science
- Practical scientific procedures and techniques
- Science investigation skills
- Forensic investigation procedures in practice
- Applications of criminology
- Criminal investigation procedures in practice
- Applications of criminal and forensic psychology
- Physiology of human body systems
- Environmental forensics
- Forensic fire investigation
- Forensic traffic collision investigation
- Forensic photography.
One or two years, depending on the pathway. Three days per week normally in college.
In addition to the applied science, forensic science, criminology, and criminal and forensic psychology sector-specific content outlined above, the requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable skills that are highly regarded by universities and employers. For example, the study of applied and forensic science, criminology, and criminal and forensic psychology particularly encourages the development of skills such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis.
The forensic and criminology sector is diverse and wide-ranging including, for example, forensic science, forensic and criminal psychology and forensic criminology. There is a wide range of occupations for graduate entry including forensic laboratories, the police force and the probation service.
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Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including all Sciences, English and Maths. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.
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.
Q: What do you like about Bishop Burton College?
A: I really enjoy everything about Bishop Burton College. It has great facilities for all the courses available here, from the science laboratories to the sports facilities.
Q: What is the best thing about your course?
A: The best thing about my course is that we study a whole range of different subjects and I find them all very interesting. Also, the equipment we get to use is very good and we have a very modern and interesting range of facilities.
Q: What are your hopes for the future?
A: I would like to continue studying science as I have really enjoyed my first year at Bishop Burton College. When I have completed this course I would like to continue my studies at a higher level.