Forensic and Criminal Investigation at Career 6 has been developed to work within the industry. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) graduates are always in demand and find that they have a higher starting salary than most other graduates. Forensic science is a critical element of the criminal justice system. Forensic scientists examine and analyze evidence from crime scenes and elsewhere to develop objective findings that can assist in the investigation and prosecution of perpetrators of crime or absolve an innocent person from suspicion. The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation course is equivalent to three A-levels and includes units on core fundamental scientific principles which underpin forensic science and scientific practical skills, this will cover biology, chemistry and physics. Specialist units will ensure students gain an insight into the whole forensic process from crime scene to court and will include Forensic investigation procedures, an introduction to criminology, forensic and criminal psychology and criminal investigation looking at the legal aspect of forensic science.
The skills you will develop throughout your studies will open doors to a broad range of career opportunities. Two of the main areas in this field that have seen a significant interest in recent years are within biomedical and forensic science.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma course allows you to develop your skills and knowledge across all the sciences and to study specialised units covering forensics in the second year. These include research and analytical skills that are essential for any science-based employment.
You will study thirteen units over the two years which will result in three A Level equivalents. Your units will include: Practical Scientific Procedures, Science Investigation Skills and Forensic Investigation Procedures. These will help develop your practical and analytical skills.
You will have the opportunity to visit universities and employers to put these skills into practice and solve cases. In the second year, there will be a field trip to Romania to work with professionals there. This is a unique course that has been designed to meet the increasing demand for forensic scientists by employers including the police and investigation teams.
Additional Options Include:
Forensic Fire Investigation
Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology
We recommend that you have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. These must include a grade 4 in English Language, Maths and Sciences. There is a strong mathematical requirement within Science, so we do recommend a grade 5 in Maths
Students can go on to do a range of courses at Higher Education including Forensic Science, Criminology, Psychology, Policing and Criminal Investigation. In addition, the requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers.