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Forensic and Criminal Investigation

  • BTEC level 3 diploma
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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 you learn?

In your first year, you will study the following units:

• Principles and Applications of Science (Examined Unit)

• Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

• Forensic Genetics

In your second year, you will study:

• Science Investigation Skills (Examined Unit)

• Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

• Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is for you if you want to extend your scientific experience and knowledge and you are prepared to work hard.

Entry Requirements & Other Info
  • Entry Requirements Arrow down

    You must have:

    • A minimum GCSE average of 5.0

    • A grade 3 or higher in GCSE English Language

    • A grade 4 or higher in GCSE Science (or equivalent)

  • Experiences Arrow down

    This course will provide you with the opportunity to hear from academic and industry professionals ns talks and workshops, as well as visiting leading universities across the UK. You will also be given the opportunity to take part in events like our PulseCSI day, which helps you to experience a day in the life as a CSI Investigator and Forensic Scientist.

  • Progression Arrow down

    Students who complete a qualification in Forensic and Criminal Investigation can go on to complete a degree in an area like Forensic Science or Criminology. It may be that you want to undertake a higher level apprenticeship, which will also be available to you after completing a L3 qualification.

  • Outcomes Arrow down

    Students who complete a qualification in Forensic and Criminal Investigation go on to a wide variety of jobs. These can include: Analytical Chemist, Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Scientist, Police Officer or Scientific Laboratory Technician.

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