If you have ever thought about being a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) or you're interested in the psychology of serial killers, then our brand new course is for you. Over the next two years, you will learn the theoretical and practical aspects of real-life investigations.
If you are interested in how science can help solve crimes then this may be the course for you. Forensic science is made up of various specialisms and you will get to study units that allow you to experience a multitude of these.
The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation will allow students to understand the workings of the criminal mind, how crime scenes are investigated and the procedures followed, and collect and analyse evidence from a crime scene. The Forensic investigation programme contains a mix of modules that incorporate a range of topics.
Environmental forensics, forensic fire investigation, applications of criminology, applications of criminal and forensic psychology, forensic genetics and practical scientific procedures and techniques. There is a strong emphasis on practical laboratory work to support the learning.
This course is aimed at those with an interest in both Applied Science and also Forensics and Criminology.
You will develop scientific analytical-thinking skills through the use of biological, chemical and physical evidence. You will remain impartial, develop a chronology and provide scientific justification for analysis and you will present facts in a non-biased manner through detailed investigations.
The course is a mixture of theory and practical and is aimed at improving your employability skills in preparation for a job in this industry.
This can be taken alongside our Certificate in Criminology to make a full programme of study.
A GCSE grade 5 in Maths and a GCSE grade 5 in a Science subject.
Learners will be assessed by a mixture of coursework and examinations. In order to achieve the diploma students are required to sit a total of two externally assessed units and four internally assessed units.
BTEC Diploma Level 3 Forensic and Criminal Investigation
After completing a degree in a relevant discipline, learners may progress on to a career to become a: forensic archaeologist, anthropologist, toxicologist, forensic psychiatrist, criminologist, crime scene or fire investigator.
Higher education courses that learners can progress onto include BSc (Hons) Forensic science, Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, Forensic psychology, Psychology and Criminology, Policing and Criminal Investigation, BA (Hons) Criminology, Criminology and Law.
The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers. For example, practical and analytical skills, reading scientific text, problem solving and carrying out practical laboratory tasks and planning forensic investigations.
The forensic and criminology sector is diverse and wide-ranging including, for example, forensic science, forensic and criminal psychology and forensic criminology. There is a wide range of occupations for graduate entry including forensic laboratories, the police force and the probation service.