Applied Science (Forensic Science) - Level 3 Extended Diploma (Full-Time)

Level 3 - A Level or BTEC National or IB or NVQ Level 3 or Equivalent

Subject Area Science

School Health, Childcare, Business and Science

Attendance Full-Time


Whilst studying this Forensic Science focused course, you’ll gain hands-on experience of real working laboratory environments. You will work on a variety of projects, using your skills of analysis in chemistry, physiology, microbiology, forensics and biology.

Taught by experts in this field, you will gain specialist skills for employment or progression into higher education. You will also have the chance to learn outside the classroom through a variety of trips and projects.

This is the second year (top up) to a 180 credit programme accredited by Edexcel which we offer on a full time basis of a minimum of three days a week for one year.

It is ideal for learners who have completed either a 90 credit diploma, 120 credit diploma or a 60 credit subsidiary diploma in Applied Science and are interested in forensic science or psychology and wish to progress to higher education science related degree programmes.

Course Enrichment

• Last year students designed and carried out science experiments in local primary schools, providing exciting lessons to young children, and gaining valuable experience in teaching and science communication.
• Our links with Procter and Gamble offer exciting work placements and internships whilst CY Partners deliver guest lectures on the careers available within the industry.
• Students regularly visit employers to understand the demands of the science industry and to see how science is applied in practice. Visits have included Thomas Swan, Piramal and Nestlé.
• Students have enoyed field trips to the Crown Courts, The Eden Project in London and the STEM conference at The Discovery Museum.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Rutherford Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This qualification is for school leavers aged between 16-19 who have a great interest in forensic science and wish to follow a work related course with emphasis on lab skills.Learners are given the chance to specialise in this year of the course and choose modules that are more closely related to specific areas of Forensic Science.

Qualification Gained

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) which attracts a maximum of 420 UCAS points.

This is part of the Edexcel BTEC Nationals in Applied Science framework.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

The course has been designed to provide the correct units for progression to a wide range of local and national universities in subjects such as Forensics, Criminology and Psychology.  It is made up of individual units and include:

  • Applications of Forensic Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Forensic Photography
  • Chemistry for Biology Technicians
  • Genetics and Genetic Engineering
  • Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
  • Biochemistry and Biochemical Techniques

Please note that these unit choices may be subject to change. There is also great flexibility within the course to choose other units if some of the ones listed here have already been achieved at another college. We can usually accommodate any unit combinations.

These are taught as nine 1.5 hour lessons throughout the week. In addtion, a 1.5 hour PPR session is held weekly to help monitor progress.

Learning Methods

This course is taught through a mixture of lectures, practical work, demonstrations and work shops.

Assessment Methods

This course is coursework based however the coursework may take the form of a test. This is the lecturer’s choice however the main forms of assessment are written assignments, assessed practical’s and powerpoint presentations.

Progression Opportunities

If you successfully complete the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science, you could progress to a Degree in Forensic Science, Criminology, Psychology or a related area.

Career Opportunities

If you want to get a job straight away, you could work in a research laboratory, a quality control laboratory, a hospital laboratory, a materials testing laboratory, a forensic science laboratory, a laboratory within an educational establishment or an environmental science laboratory.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements completion to at least merit level of either:

90 credit diploma, 120 credit diploma or a 60 credit subsidiary diploma .

Students for whom English is not their first language must have gained an IELTS score of at least 5.5.

Any borderline candidates must attend an interview with a member of the Vocational Science team (0191 200 4466).

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.

Learners aged 19 or over

Please note many courses will be available free of charge or at a discount depending on your age and circumstances. For friendly advice and to check your eligibility for free or discounted study please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000. Please note some courses are not eligible for any discounts. Please download a prospectus from the adults section of this website for details of the latest course fees.