BTEC HNC Applied Sciences - Forensic Science

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Stockport College


Stockport College

Further Details


University Level


Science & Pharmacy

Course Start Date

Monday 16th September 2024

Course Duration

Full-time, 1 Year

Course Time

09:00 - 17:00

Course Fee

£ 8000.00

Course Code


Course Overview

This course is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning and is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Applied Sciences and forensic science. The course gives students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training in Applied Sciences related fields.

Course Requirements

Whilst applications are considered on an individual basis, offers are usually based on a requirement to have:

64 UCAS points
L3 qualification in a relevant subject such as:
– BTEC Extended Diploma in applied Sciences – MMM
– T level Science: Laboratory Sciences Merit
– Other related L3 qualifications

4 GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above including maths and English

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant area

What you will Learn

You will develop knowledge and understanding of forensic science theories and practice and be able to apply these in a variety of contexts. The course introduces you to the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator, exploring the methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in society.


The programme is assessed mainly using internally assessed centre-devised assignments. This will include a range of assessment methods including reports, case studies, practical assessments, project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.


On successful completion you may progress to Level 5 and study the HND Applied Sciences, which is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements for many relevant engineering degree programmes in subject specialisms such as BSc (Hons) Forensic Science / Chemistry / Biology.

Career Options

On completion students may develop their career in this sector by entering or continuing existing employment. Students may consider roles such as:

Analytical chemist
Crime scene investigator
Forensic scientist
Scientific laboratory technician

Mandatory Units

At Level 4 you will study:

Mandatory core units:

Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

Specialist mandatory units:

Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Criminal Investigation

Plus two additional units

Contact Details

Extra Costs Involved


Exam Validation Body

Pearson Education Ltd

Hours Per Week

12 hours

How Long To Complete

1 Year

Programme Structure

You will study 8 units to accumulate 120 credits over the duration of the programme.

Contact Details

For further information please email


Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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