Vocational Course

Applied Forensic & Analytical Science Level 3

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About this course

Applied Science is an alternative to studying Science at A Level and will develop a blend of Scientific technical and academic skills that will support your progression to university or into employment.

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Science and wish to pursue a career in laboratory research and analytical science.

It is a great option if you would like to study a range of Science subjects without the pressure of a 100% exam based course.

What will I learn?

Biology, Chemistry and Physics are within a range of core units such as the Principles and Applications of Science, Laboratory Techniques and their Applications.

A range of optional units are also included and may feature Chemical Analysis, Genetics & Genetic Engineering, Biological Molecules & Metabolic Pathways and Physiology of Human Body Systems, as well as a unit in Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis.

All of these units will help you develop the individual learning skills that are valued by employers and universities.

How will I be assessed?

Overall, 42% will be by external assessment, including written exams an assignment and marked practical and 58% by internal assessment such as completing coursework, practical investigations, presentations and open book tests.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English and Science.

Where can it take me?

  • College - Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry HNC/D or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - related degree, including Forensic Science
Research Assistant
Science Technician
Laboratory Supervisor

Additional Information

You will be expected to participate in enrichment days that involve assessments and practicals.

You will also be recommended to gain work experience during your study days to further develop your knowledge and skills and improve your employability and success in higher education.