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Forensic and Criminal Investigation


Miss Heath

Entry Requirements: 

Grade 4 in English Language and
Grade 4 in combined Science or 
Grade 4 in two from Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Course Overview: 

The forensics and criminology sector is diverse and wide ranging. There is a wide range of occupations for graduate entry including links to forensic laboratories, the Police force and the probation service, as well as scientific research, biomedical sciences or pharmaceutical sciences, and when taken alongside other subjects, progress to psychology or criminology subjects.

In year one the principles of science and forensic investigation techniques are covered, with opportunities for practical procedures and experiments throughout the course. In the second year, students will also learn in detail about fire investigation and traffic collision investigations.

Exam information:

Duration: 2 Years
Exam Board: Edexcel

1 exam at the end of year 1

1 examined task book in year 2

4 coursework assessed modules spread across the 2 year course

Qualification gained: 

This is a 2-year course. Students will complete BTEC Foundation diploma in Forensic and Criminal investigation (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels).

Where the full diploma is not possible, a National Extended Certificate in Forensic and Criminal Investigation may be awarded at the end of year 2.

Career Opportunities: 

There are a wide variety of careers within the forensic and criminology investigation field including: Analytical Chemist, Biomedical Scientist, Crime Scene Investigator, Police Detective, Forensic Scientist, Scientific Laboratory Technician, Toxicologist, Forensic Psychologist, Crime Laboratory Analyst.

Subject Links: 

A level : Chemistry, Physics, History, Sociology, Psychology, English Language, BTEC Applied law