Applied Science with Forensic Investigation and Psychology - Level 3
Start Date: 5th September 2022
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Do you love true-crime documentaries or crime dramas? If they spark your interest in forensics or behavioural science, this Forensic and Criminal Investigation with Psychology course could satisfy your curiosity.
Focused on forensic science, you'll explore topics including microorganisms, inoculating samples, DNA extraction, titrations, calorimetry, plant physiology and setting up circuits, crime scene analysis and blood analysis.
You will gain hands-on experience in a laboratory, working on projects using your analytical skills in chemistry, physiology, microbiology, forensics, physics, biology and psychology, to prepare you for a career in crime scene investigation.
- 5 GCSE at grade 4 or above including science, English and maths.
What will I achieve?
On successful completion of year one you will receive Level 3 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation.
On successful completion of year two you will receive Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation and Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology.
What will I learn?
- Principles and applications of science
- Science investigation skills
- Forensic investigation procedures in practice
- Physiology of human body systems
- Forensic genetics
- Applications of criminology
- Criminal investigation procedures in practice
- Psychological approaches to applications
- Conducting psychological research
- Health psychology
- Criminal and forensic psychology
- Introduction to psychopathology
How is the course taught?
- Practical sessions
- Group work
- Project work
- Field trips and visits
- Work placements
How am I assessed?
- Practical assessment
- Course work
- Written laboratory books
Work experience opportunities
You will have time built into your college timetable to help prepare you for employment in the science industry. You will be supported to write your CV, explore behaviours at work and take part in mock interviews.
As part of your course you will benefit from guest lectures and field trips and may have the opportunity to complete a work placement.
English and Maths
Science relies heavily on maths and English and both subjects will be embedded into your programme over the course, from the use of chemical calculations to biological measurements, scales, report writing and communication skills.
Where can I progress?
You can progress to a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Forensics and Criminal Investigation alongside Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology when you successfully complete this course.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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