You will achieve a HNC in your first year and a HND in Applied Science (Forensic Science) in your second year, which is equivalent to a foundation degree. You will be studying scientific units in biology, chemistry, data handling techniques, genetics, analytical chemistry, criminology, psychology, causes of crime and toxicology. You will learn the content through a mixture of theoretical content and practical experiments. All experiments will have a vocational context to understand how they would be used in the forensic science field.
The forensic tutor has an industry background in criminology and working with young offenders so will bring real life cases and a wealth of experience. The science tutors are specialists in their chosen fields of biology and chemistry and they will ensure that you are competent with cutting edge techniques used to analyse forensic evidence within the Criminal Justice System!
You will be encouraged to complete work experience and you will go on a variety of trips to see forensic science used in the real world. These trips will include laboratories, the forensic headquarters at Hutton Police and Crown Court. There may also be an opportunity to go abroad to visit a concentration camp and analyse the historical crimes committed during World War II.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
The entry requirements are:
BTEC in Applied Science, Medical Science, Forensic Science
A Levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, and others may be considered.
Adults may be considered without the above qualifications, subject to interview, initial assessment and a test assignment.
After Your Course
The course can lead onto a top-up qualification at university or you may want to go into the workplace within laboratories, forensic analytical science, criminology, psychology or join the police via a policing higher apprenticeship. If you were to progress to be a forensic scientist, you could specialise in DNA profiling, fingerprints, ballistics, trace evidence, pathology, molecular biology, toxicology and much more. You could also progress onto university to study a degree in a pure science such as biology or chemistry:
- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry/Biotechnology
- BSc (Hons) Biology/Biological Sciences/Human Biology
- BSc (Hons) Chemistry/Biochemistry
- BSc (Hons) Forensic Science/Chemistry/Biology
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification up to and including Level 2, if you:
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
- Have an annual salary of less than £17,004
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/20 and are not studying at another school/college
- Are aged 19-23 on 31/08/20 and do not already have a Level 1 or 2 qualification
- Have a household income under £25,000 and are in financial hardship
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.
Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.
For further information please see www.gov.uk/student-finance.
Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.