Forensic and Criminal Investigation

BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Why should I study this course?

This course provides an exciting and enjoyable pathway through the Forensic Science and Criminal investigation qualification to help you either enter employment or proceed to Higher Education. 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. You will also get the opportunity to participate in a University of Hull curriculum enhancement project on toxicology and how “stuff” kills you.

What will I study?

Year 1 units will include:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science (Examined Unit)
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 13: Forensic Genetics

Year 2 units will include:

  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills (Examined Unit)
  • Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
  • Unit 11: Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

The new BTEC Forensic and Criminal Investigation course is assessed by both exams and coursework. The Foundation Diploma is 40% examination. You will be asked to develop your own assignments and you will be assessed by submitting a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your learning. This assessment approach allows a greater flexibility for ‘assessment for learning’ and you will get feedback on your progress as you provide evidence to meet the grading criteria.

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will provide opportunities for you to become employed in the forensic science, applied science industry or other businesses that use scientific knowledge and skills. It will also prepare you for Higher Education science courses.

Private study

Much of the portfolio evidence required in this course relies on independent working and you will need to be able to write up practicals, research new topics and work at home to successfully complete all the requirements. You will also need to revise extensively for the exams both within and outside of the classroom.

What materials will I need to provide?

Writing materials including paper. Revision guide. Scientific Calculator.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a whole range of approaches but as you can see from the unit titles much of the work will be practically based and a significant proportion of the learning will arise through these various practical assignments.

This course is for you if...

You want to extend your scientific experience and knowledge and you are prepared to work hard.

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

Five 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE or equivalent in 3 or more subjects including a minimum of a grade 3 (D) in GCSE English Language. A minimum of a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Science or equivalent.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

You will need to show commitment, a strong interest in science subjects and a willingness to learn.