BTEC Level 3 in Forensic and Criminal Investigation :: Bishop Burton College

Course: BTEC Level 3 in Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Department: Applied Science

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

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. 

What You Study

  • 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.

How To Apply

Application is through our online application form or by the Common Application Process (CAP).

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Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including all Sciences, English and Maths. A satisfactory academic reference is also needed.

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.