BTEC in Forensic Investigation – Level 3 (Year 1 Foundation Diploma)


This programme is designed to give you a broad understanding and hands on experience of the latest forensic and criminal investigation methods used in the world today. Over the course of the one-year programme you’ll have the opportunity to study everything from applied practical scientific procedures, to crime scene and forensic fire investigation methods. You’ll spend time in our state-of-the-art laboratory learning to use industry standard equipment and approaches adopted by policing forces all over the world.

You will study four mandatory modules which are:

  • Principles and Applications Science
  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Science Investigation Skills
  • Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

In addition, you will study two optional units which may include:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation
  • Forensic Photography
  • Microbiology
  • Forensic Photography 

We know that having good qualifications alone doesn’t always make you stand out.

That’s why we’re all about going the extra mile with you.

Studying with us means practical, hands-on workshops, group sessions, expert guest speakers, visits to local employers, wellbeing drop-ins, chill out time … the list goes on. 

As part of the course, you will also take part in an external work placement to help you develop your confidence and skills to stand out from the crowd.

5 GCSEs grade A-C (9-4), including Maths, English and Science.

There are a mix of externally set assignments, alongside internal assignments.

After year one, successful learners can apply to continue studying on year 2 of the programme at South Tyneside College, or move onto another one-year programme.  Alternatively, they may be able to progress into work or a higher education programme.

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 qualification also allows you to work in the vocational sector, as a laboratory technician or scientist, or the criminal justice system (including police) for example.

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