BTEC National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation
Where will this course lead?
The National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation is the main qualification studied in the second year of a Level 3 Programme of Study in Forensic and Criminal Investigation. It is the perfect qualification for students who want to continue their level 3 studies in science following their study of a National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation and provides learners with a range of experiences to prepare them for progression into University Level Education or employment.
What will I study?
While on the second year of the National Extended Diploma, you will study the following mandatory units:
- Applications of Criminology
- Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice
- Applications of Criminal and Forensic Psychology
You will also study a number of optional units to include practical science and forensic applications
How will this course be delivered?
The second year of this course is delivered through a series of seven Units composed of both practical and theoretical components. Delivery will be through student-centred lessons, complemented by interactive, computer-based activities and practical work. A high degree of importance is placed on the development of the analytical skills students will be required to use in higher study and/or future employment in related roles.
What qualifications will I get?
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation.
How will I be assessed?
Some units are internally assessed through coursework set and marked by the subject teachers. Two units are assessed externally through a task book completed in exam conditions and set by the awarding body (Pearson). All assessments are marked against Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria to determine an overall grade for each Unit.
How do I get a place on the course?
Successful completion of the Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation with a Merit grade or higher, plus meeting further entry requirements related to attendance and a mature approach to learning.
What are the entry requirements?
Merit Grade or higher on Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation
What else do I need to know?
You will undertake a wide range of practical investigations, through which good laboratory and investigative practice will be developed.
All laboratory safety equipment will be provided by the College.
You will undertake a 1 week work placement during each year of the course.
If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability or Additional Educational Need, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application, we can also assist you with this.
Fees are not applicable to 16-18 year olds.
You may be required to make set contributions towards educational trips and/or travel expenses to local events.
What can I do after this course?
During the second year of your National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation, you will be supported through a UCAS application if you choose to apply for a University Level course. Alternatively, you could look to enter related employment in a technical role.
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They develop treatments and guidance methods and give treatment or guidance using a variety of therapy and counselling techniques.
They observe and experiment on humans and animals to measure mental and physical characteristics.
They also analyse the effect of hereditary, social and physical factors on thought and behaviour.
They study psychological factors in the treatment and prevention of mental illness or emotional and personality disorders.
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Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.
Biochemists study the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms;
They identify and study the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease;
They also perform tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms;
They researche the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms;
They observe the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment;
They also advise farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease;
They monitor the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.
Chemical Process Operative
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Chemical Process Operatives load prescribed quantities of ingredients into plant equipment, starts operational cycle, monitors instruments and gauges indicating conditions affecting the operation of the plant and adjusts controls as necessary;
They prepare dye, bleaching, water repellent, fixing salt and other chemical solutions to finish and treat textiles;
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They operate kilns, furnaces and ovens to produce charcoal, coke and other carbon products;
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cuts and trims skins, hides and pelts, removes wool, hair, flesh and other waste material, and washes, limes, tans, dyes and otherwise treats hides for making into leather, skin and fur products;
withdraws samples for quality control testing, removes and regulates discharge of batch material upon completion of processing.
Chemical Engineers and Production and Process engineers advise on and direct technical aspects of production programmes to ensure cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This unit group incorporates: planning and quality control engineers who plan production schedules, work sequences, and manufacturing and processing procedures to ensure accuracy, quality and reliability; and chemical engineers who undertake research on commercial scale chemical processes and processed products, design and provide specifications and direct the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of chemical plants and control systems.
A Chemical Engineer studies existing and alternative production methods, regarding work flow, plant layout, types of machinery and cost;
recommends optimum equipment and layout and prepares drawings and specifications;
devises and implements production control methods to monitor operational efficiency;
investigates and eliminates potential hazards and bottlenecks in production;
advises management on and ensures effective implementation of new production methods, techniques and equipment;
liaises with materials buying, storing and controlling departments to ensure a steady flow of supplies;
undertakes research and develops processes to achieve physical and/or chemical change for oil, pharmaceutical, synthetic, plastic, food and other products;
designs, controls and constructs process plants to manufacture products.
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They advise health professionals on the selection and appropriate use of medicines;
They also highlight a drug's potential side effects, identifies harmful interactions with other drugs and assesses the suitability of treatments for patients with particular health conditions;
Pharmacists check that recommended doses are not being exceeded and that instructions are understood by patients;
They maintain prescription files and records issue of narcotics, poisons and other habit-forming drugs;
They also liaise with other professionals regarding the development, manufacturing and testing of drugs;
They test and analyse drugs to determine their identity, purity and strength;
They ensure that drugs and medicaments are in good supply and are stored properly.
Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.
Chemical Scientists develop experimental procedures, instruments and recording and testing systems;
conducts experiments to identify chemical composition, energy and chemical changes in natural substances and processed materials;
analyses results and experimental data;
tests techniques and processes for reliability under a variety of conditions;
develops procedures for quality control of manufactured products.
Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.
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prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs;
grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work;
operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained;
records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
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identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease;
performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms;
researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms;
observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment;
advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease;
monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation.
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assesses patients and interprets clinical requirements to determine appropriate radiographic treatments;
verifies identity of patient and ensures that necessary preparations have been made for the examination/treatment;
decides length and intensity of exposure or strength of dosage of isotope;
positions patient and operates x-ray, scanning or fluoroscopic equipment;
maintains records of all radiographic/therapeutic work undertaken;
plans course of treatment with clinical oncologists and physicists;
calculates radiation dosage and maps volume to be treated;
explains treatment to patient and management of any side effects;
carries out post-treatment reviews and follow-ups.
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Criminologists compile statistical data, conduct surveys, conduct research interviews, formulate policy recommendations, write research papers and articles, work with law enforcement and corrections personnel, study criminal behaviour and devise strategy to help reduce crime.
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