Forensic & Criminal Investigation Level 3

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Forensic Science is simply the application of science to the law. This course aims to develop an appreciation of the competencies, skills and knowledge required for university and employment, in Science based careers.

You will develop scientific analytical thinking skills through the use of biological, chemical and physical evidence. You will develop skills to help you remain impartial, develop a chronology and provide scientific justification for analysis, and you will present facts in a non-biased manner through detailed investigations.

You will study a variety of fascinating units that look at the Principles of Science, together with learning Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques. The theoretical and practical skills needed for Scientific and Forensic Investigations, including for Fire and Traffic Collision, are also covered.

In the second year of the course, Applications of Criminology will be studied and you will have the opportunity to consider Criminal Investigation Procedures and the Application of Criminal and Forensic Psychology. Further units will include, Forensic Photography, Forensic Genetics and Practical Chemical Analysis.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of examinations, externally marked assessments and coursework.

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 and above, including English, Maths and two Sciences.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to a range of higher level courses, including a degree or HNC/D Applied Sciences.


This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Forensic Science, Applied Science, Laboratory work or roles in the Emergency Services, such as the Police.

Additional information

2 Years

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