The National Foundation Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation is the main qualification studied in the first year of a Level 3 Programme of Study in Forensic and Criminal Investigation. It is the perfect qualification for students who want to complete a National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation to help them prepare for progression into related University Level Education. The course provides a blend of underpinning scientific knowledge and technical practice with investigative skills related to forensics.
While on the National Foundation Diploma, you will study the following mandatory units:
- Principles and Applications of Science
- Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Science Investigation Skills
- Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
You will also study a number of optional units to include practical science and forensic applications
This one-year course is delivered through a series of six 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.
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation
Some units are internally assessed through coursework set and marked by the subject teachers. Two units are assessed externally, one through an examination and the second 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.
Through a successful interview and demonstration of a commitment to studying this subject.
Entry requirements are normally:
- GCSE grade 4 or above in
- English Language*
- Science (3 sciences or double award)
- A Merit grade or above in BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science (QCF) or Extended Certificate in Applied Science (NQF)
* Applicants with only Mathematics or English at the required level, but a GCSE Grade 3 in the other subject (or Level 1 or 2 Functional Skill) will be considered on a case-by-case basis and required to study towards their missing qualification alongside their main programme.
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In special cases, a diagnostic assessment may be completed.
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.
Progress to the second year of a National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation. At this point 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.
N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds
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