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The college is open, and we are still accepting full-time applications for 2020-2021. Hygiene measures are in place to make the college as safe as it can be for our learners, staff and guests.

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Applied Sciences

The UK is widely recognised as one of the world leaders in science in sectors like bioscience and pharmaceuticals, so opportunities are plentiful for students interested in pursuing a career in the Applied Sciences.

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Course Overview

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.

Entry Requirements

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. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
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.

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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. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700.

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