Is it for me?

If you have an interest in applying scientific knowledge and understanding to the world around you: you have an interest in the science of crime: you enjoy learning about different aspects of science or you like science as a subject but prefer to do this through continued assessment rather than through exams then this could be the course for you.

What will I be doing?

You will be undertaking six modules over two years which include; ‘The Fundamentals of Science’, ‘Forensic Evidence and Collection’ and ‘Criminal Psychology'. The modules are all assessment based and there is no final exam. The assignments for each module will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction level, which is equivalent to an A-Level pass E,C or A grade respectively.

How do I pass the course?

You need good attendance and an ability to work independently. You must be motivated and organised as there are a lot of deadlines to be met. Completion of all the required assignments on time and to an appropriate standard allows you to pass the course. Completing merit or distinction tasks will allow you to gain a higher grade.

Where does it take me?

The BTEC National Award is recognised by UCAS and so the points achieved by the end of the course can go towards gaining a place at university. In previous years students studying forensic science have gone on to study geography, history, midwifery and forensic science at university or have gone in to engineering or higher level apprenticeships.

How do I get on the course?

You will need to gain at least one GCSE in science, grade C.