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What career opportunities can this lead to?

The forensic science industry offers huge potential for learners interested in the sector. The UK is currently regarded as a world leader in sectors including pharmaceutical and chemical analysis. The 2010 National Strategic Skills Audit identified problems in filling associate and professional and skilled technician roles in a number of sectors including chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries (UKCES, 2010). Some of these concerns have been accentuated by ageing among the current technician workforce. A significant proportion of recruitment in this sector is at graduate level. The Level 3 Applied Science: Forensics provides a well-established route into a variety of specialist Higher Education (HE) courses in this sector. This programme is for those interested in a scientific career in the criminal justice system such as forensic investigator, forensic analyst, scenes of crime officer or analytical chemist.

On this programme you will be studying fundamental aspects of biology, chemistry and physics and mathematics relating to forensic investigations. On successful completion of the subsidiary diploma in Applied Science, in your first year you will have the opportunity to specialise in a forensic science unit such as Forensic Fire Investigations. In your second year, you will specialise further including units such as Criminology, Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis, Chemical Techniques and Chemical Analysis.

This programme provides up to 168 UCAS points and progression to study a range of forensic related careers at university. Students have progressed to university courses such as Criminology and Forensic Studies, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Investigation, Forensic Science, Criminology or Criminal Psychology.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have a minimum of 5 GCSEs; including Double Science at grade A*-C / 9-4 and English & Maths at grade A*-C / 9-4; and have a genuine interest in applied sciences. Equivalent qualifications such as First Diplomas in Science at Merit/Distinction grade may be considered if supported by GCSE English and Maths. You should also have good attendance and attainment reports from your previous school or college and complete a successful college interview.

What does this programme involve?

This two year programme offers progression from the Extended certificate through to the Extended Diploma, dependent on your entry grades and achievement in Year One.

Year One Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science
1. Principles and Applications of Science I (Written exam)
2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Assignment)
3. Science Investigation Skills (Task - Set and marked by Pearson)
4. Laboratory Techniques and their Application (Assignment)
8. Physiology of Human Body Systems (Assignment )
11. Genetics and Genetic Engineering (Assignment)

Year Two Indicative units: Level 3 Edexcel BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science
Plus further units, for example:
5. Principles and Applications of Science II (Written exam)
6. Investigative Project (Assignment)
7. Contemporary Issues in Science (Task - Set and marked by Pearson)
13. Applications of Inorganic Chemistry (Assignment)
19. Practical Chemical Analysis (Assignment)
21. Medical Physics Applications (Assignment)
23. Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis (Assignment)

Any students without a GCSE at grade A*-C / 9-4 in English or Maths (e.g. students with iGCSEs or other recognised L2 English or Maths qualifications) will be required to continue study in this area through GCSEs. The pathway followed is dependent on the grade achieved at GCSE, screening and intended progress.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will be timetabled in college for four days each week. Hours will, in general, be from 08:45-16:30, however these may change if offsite activities are taking place. Activities have included visits to Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Winchester Universities, local laboratories and to Hampshire Constabulary. This timetable allows plenty of time to complete your assessments and approximately seven hours per week will need to be put aside for independent study to complete assignments. The College Learning Centre will be available during non-timetabled days so you can study at home or at college. Learners must be available to come into college during the week if it is required for a specific activity or if requested by a member of staff to complete work. Personnel who are currently working in the forensics and criminology fields will visit during the course of the year (subject to availability) to give an insight into their work; they have previously provided presentations on criminal investigations, finger print analysis, criminology and crime scene investigation and analysis.

Year One students will be interviewed to determine suitability for Year Two progression.

What else do I need to know?

Each academic year there will be a fee of 60 to cover the costs of the uniform, stationery and lockers (as described below) and contribute towards the trips and activities undertaken over the year. Laboratory clothing will be allocated when this payment has been received.

We will provide:
-Laboratory wear - Lab coats are compulsory items and styles vary each year
-Stationery - Files, notepads, dividers, plastic wallets
-Locker - Key for Public Service student locker (to be returned at end of year)
-Scientific calculator
-Consumables for practical investigations
-Applied Science students are normally given the opportunity to complete an EFAW First Aid course

Work experience placements will require students to plan and organise their own travel. This is part of the necessary development and preparation for employment.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
FSED1 Eastleigh College 9/9/2019 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £1,665.00 Apply now

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