Forensic and Criminal Investigation

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 4Forensic 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 2Practical 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 systemsYou 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 – 

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Are there any specific subject requirements? 

Subject requirements are in line with Academy expectations.