What is it about?
BTEC Forensic & Criminal Investigation is a two-year course covering the fundamental skills and content of Applied Science and Forensic Techniques. It is the starting point for any students eager to learn more about science or pursue a scientific career in the sciences or forensic services. The qualification is equivalent in size to one and a half A Levels.
What will I be studying?
In Year One, you will study three core units:
- Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science
- Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
- Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practise
Unit 1 will give you a solid grounding in the principles of science across biology, chemistry, and physics. In unit 3 you will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate. In unit 4 you will develop techniques in collecting, analysing and reporting chemical, physical and biological evidence during forensic investigations.
In Year Two, you will study a further three units:
- Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body systems
- Choice Unit: To be confirmed
In unit 2 you will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries. In unit 8 you will study the physiological make up of three human body systems (musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive), how the systems function and what occurs during dysfunction.
How will I be assessed?
- Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science: You will be assessed under exam conditions in three short exams covering biology, chemistry, and physics separately. This externally marked.
- Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques: You will be assessed by internally set and marked assignments consisting of four practical activities and written experimental write-ups and a reflective written account
- Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: Assessment of unit 3 is part practical activity and a written exam. You will be assessed by both an external assessment and internally under supervised conditions, set and marked by the board.
- Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practise: You will be assessed by internally set and marked assignments consisting of a mock crime scene evidence collection activity, analysis of evidence and a detailed writeup about the methods you used.
- Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body systems: You will be assessed by internally set and marked assignments based on the musculoskeletal, lymphatic and digestive systems.
Where might it lead me?
Studying Forensic Investigation at Level 3 will allows you to pursue a wide variety of careers and Higher Education options. As this course covers applied science it is an excellent springboard into a science degree or the many hundred of jobs available in the science sector. It is also the first step on the path to becoming a Scene of Crime Officer with the Police.
Who can I ask for more information on this subject?
Mr Jones – email@example.com
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Are there any specific subject requirements?
Subject requirements are in line with Academy expectations.