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Course overview

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.

What else do I need to know?

You will learn through a varied programme of lectures, practical laboratory sessions and external visits to work practitioners.

What are the entry requirements?

A Minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including Maths and English Language.
In addition, you will require GCSE grade 5-5 in Combined Science or Distinction at Level 2 BTEC Science, including English Language and Maths at GCSE at grade 4 or above.

How is it assessed?

The course is assessed through a range of internal, external and synoptic assessments. Four units are assessed externally, and the external assessments are a mix of exams and set tasks which are set and marked by the awarding body. The final external assessment is synoptic and takes place in the second year of the course and gives learners an opportunity to independently select and apply learning from across their course in the completion of a vocational task. The majority of work is assessed internally and subject to verification processes; this is a mix of portfolio work, presentations, practical work and essays.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

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.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Hilary Bathgate emailing: hilary.bathgate@nscg.ac.uk

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