The Forensic Investigation course is designed as part of a two-year, full-time study programme for learners who wish to study other areas alongside it, which may contrast or complement the qualification.
The qualification supports progression to higher education if taken as part of a programme of study that includes other BTEC Nationals or A Levels.
You will need to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9, including Science, Maths and English Language
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The course is a combination of examined units and coursework. These mandatory units make up 76% of the grade for the whole course.
Units 1 and 3 have exams that are externally assessed and these make up 41% of the mandatory content grade. Units 2 and 4 are assessed through coursework.
There are also 2 optional units that will be assessed via coursework.
Most coursework units have between 3-4 assignments that you will need to complete. The optional unit you cover will depend on your course. The coursework will make up 59% of your final grade.
English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.
There are 6 units in total that make up the course, 4 units are mandatory (units that you must do) in your Foundation Diploma course:
Unit 1- Principles and applications of science I
Unit 2- Practical scientific procedures and techniques
Unit 3- Principles and applications of science II
Unit 4- Forensic investigation procedures in practice
There are also 2 other optional units.
Following this course, you could progress to Higher Education, with the option to study at university.
By studying a course related to forensics, you could go on to gain employments in the police and emergency services or within the criminal justice or science sectors.
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