Overview top

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 programme you’ll have the opportunity to study everything from criminal investigations, applications of criminal and forensic psychology, environmental forensics and forensic genetics. You’ll spend time in our state-of-the-art super laboratory learning to use industry standard equipment and approaches adopted by policing forces all over the world.

Please check the mandatory units list the following as choices:

  • Physiology of Human Body Systems
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation
  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Genetics
  • Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Practical Chemical Analysis
  • Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques

Entry Requirements top

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

Assessment top

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

Professional Opportunities top

On completion of the extended diploma, you may be able to progress to a higher education programme. Higher education courses that learners can progress onto include Applied Science, Forensic Science, Criminal Investigation, Forensic psychology, 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 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.

Further Information top

The qualification is equivalent in size to 1.5 A-Levels.