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HNC Applied Science (Forensic Science)

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Course title

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Forensic Science)

Campus location

Whittingham Road

Why study this course?

If you’re passionate about the intersection of science and law, then the BTEC Higher National in Applied Science (Forensic Science) is the perfect course for you! This program is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to excel in the exciting field of forensic science.

With a focus on hands-on learning with practical elements to the course, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the scientific principles and techniques that underpin forensic investigation. You’ll learn how to collect and analyse evidence, interpret results, and present findings in a clear and concise manner. Through a variety of practical exercises and real-world case studies, you’ll develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in this dynamic and fast-paced field.

This course may lead onto the HND in Applied Science (Forensic Science)

Length of course

Full Time: one year

Part Time: two years

Compulsory modules

Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques (15 credits)

Unit 2- Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques (15 credits)

Unit 3- Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set) (15 credits)

Unit 4 – Cell Biology (15 credits)

Unit 17 – Fundamentals of Biochemistry (15 credits)

Unit 21 – Criminal Investigation (15 credits)

Optional modules

Unit 22: Theories and Causes of Crime (15 credits)

Unit 66: Volume Crime Scene Science (15 credits)


Full Time and Part Time available for 2023 entry:

Students attend College two days a week (full time) or 1 day a week (part time).

Students will participate in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, group work, presentations and practical activities and Science based practicals.

Students are encouraged to use a range of resources, including books and journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online materials.

This is a fast pace course and you will be expected to have good attendance and complete independent study outside of lessons.


The course is 100% coursework assessed.

This consists of reports, projects and presentations

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS Apply, using the UCAS code: PHHD

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Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS points
  • GCSE grades A* to C (9 – 4) in Maths and English Language.
  • A Level 3 vocational qualification in a relevant subject at grade PPP or above, or 1 A Level with one in a related area

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Start date

Autumn 2023


Autumn 2023 course timetable to be confirmed


Autumn 2023 course timetable to be confirmed

Course Fee

Full Time: £5775

Part time (two years): £2887.5 per year

HE Loan available to eligible applicants.

Should any applicants have questions or queries concerning finance, please contact Admissions for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7607

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website


Course Code

H40031 – Full time

H70065A – Part time

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