This is a course ideally suited to anyone interested in forensic science, criminal investigative documentaries and real life criminal cases and the techniques used in the laboratory when analysing evidence. Study areas include practical chemical analysis skills, forensic detection and a practical scientific investigation.
You will develop knowledge and skills to collect and process forensic evidence which could aid you if you are thinking of progressing onto a more in depth forensic course, or generally in order to aid you to understand criminal cases in more detail.
This course usually takes place over 1 evening per week for fifteen weeks. You will achieve a Pearson BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Applied Science.
There will be emphasis on analysing and interpreting data in the context of criminal investigations, where the focus will be on objectivity. Learners will develop their observational skills and develop fundamental practical skills relating to the forensic industry.
Assessment is achieved through one to one practical assessment with oral questioning. Logging specific practical activities in the science laboratory is vitally important in providing necessary evidence towards your qualification.
Our science staff hail from a range of backgrounds, all specialising in their respective disciplines including biology, chemistry, environmental science, criminology, youth offending etc.
Collectively, our tutors provide a wealth of knowledge to inspire, teach, and prepare our learners for their next steps in life.
An interest into forensic science and a desire to learn.
After Your Course
You will gain work-related skills in the areas of practical scientific skills and forensic detection, develop generic employability skills, gain an insight into laboratory skills and/or prepare for further training within this occupational area.
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.