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Level 3 Diploma in Forensic Science

Level 3 Diploma in Forensic Science

Level 3 Diploma in Forensic Science

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to go on to university or study in further areas including; forensic science, biomedical science, analytical science, psychology, sociology or criminology, policing and law.

Course structure

You will complete a 90 Credit Level 3 Diploma in your first year and then have the opportunity to progress on to a top-up course in the second year which will give you an Extended Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to three A Levels).

The study programme consists of 19 varied and interesting units of study, providing an intriguing mix of the sciences. Forensic science is the application of science to the law. In a criminal investigation forensic scientists can often be involved in processing the scene of the crime. This can include physical traces such as blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing, paint or glass from road traffic accidents, or flammable substances which may have been used to start fires.

Core subjects include:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Science in the Workplace
  • Scientific Investigations
  • Scientific Practical Techniques
  • Perceptions of Science
  • Using Mathematical Tools for Science

Specialist subjects include:

  • Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis
  • Forensic Fire Investigation
  • Forensic Informatics
  • Forensic Photography
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Applications of Forensic Psychology
  • Medical Physical Techniques
  • Statistics for Science
  • Criminal Investigations in Practice
  • Criminal Investigation Procedures

You will experience a range of teaching, learning and assessment methods. This includes the use of case studies, presentations, practical investigations, assignments and real-world scenarios; along with projects, performance observation and time-constrained assessments. As such, it is important that students are highly organised, independent and motivated individuals and attend all timetabled sessions. You will also work towards developing skills of a higher level to prepare you for university. Such skills are developing whilst you are on the course include evaluation, justification, analysis & synthesis, research, problem solving and data analysis.

You will benefit from lectures by guest speakers and from visits to venues such as crime museums, law courts, science laboratories and prisons.

The study programme consists of your chosen vocational qualification, work experience, tutorials, maths* & English*.

* If you have not already achieved a GCSE pass at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths you will study maths and/or English as an integral part of your college programme.

On successful completion of the course you could progress to university degrees, including: Policing, Criminal Investigation, Forensic Psychology, Psychology, Criminology, Forensic Science, Law.


4 GCSEs at Grade 4 (C in the old grading system) or above including Science and either English or maths (or both).

Relevant Level 2 qualification at merit level with GCSE/Level 2 in English & maths. If you have a pass grade you will complete an additional assessment to check course suitability.

Course Summary

Length of study:
2 years


Term dates

Study campus:

Study option(s):
Full time

Course level:
Level 3

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Making your application

We will check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll receive an invitation via email to attend an interview with a Curriculum Tutor.

Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

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