Level 3 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate Forensic Science (Applied Science)


Do you like discovering the answer to things? This course aims to provide practical and theoretical experience in the field of science, develop laboratory skills and your knowledge or forensic techniques and criminal psychology.

Course type

Level 3 BTEC Certificate/ Subsidiary Diploma

Course length

BTEC Certificate: one year BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The full course consists of units including:

  • practical laboratory techniques
  • mathematical methods
  • forensic analysis
  • perceptions of Science
  • Criminology and Criminal Psychology

On the course you will:

  • carry out practical laboratory experiments
  • analyse results of measurements
  • research and report on Forensic Science techniques
  • discuss social implications of scientific developments
  • debate the origins of criminal behaviour

Method of assessment

You will be assessed by practical work and a collection of evidence from your portfolio.

What will I be able to progress to?

This course combines well with other A-level Science courses, in particular ChemistryBiology and Psychology. This subject will enhance your application for a course at university in Forensic Science or Criminology.

Other information

The one-year Certificate is equivalent to an AS-level. The two-year Extended Certificate is equivalent to an A-level.