Forensic Science

BTEC National Level 3 Foundation Diploma

Examination Board: Pearson

Course Leader: Mr A Cameron

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What Will I Study?

Students will study six units over two years to obtain a Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation. There are four mandatory units and two optional units from a choice of six.

Mandatory units:

•  Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I (Externally assessed)

•  Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (Internally assessed)

•  Unit 3: Science Investigations Skills (Externally assessed)

•  Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice (Internally assessed)

Optional units – choose two:

•  Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems

•  Unit 9: Environmental Forensics

•  Unit 10: Forensic Fire Investigation

•  Unit 11: Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

•  Unit 12: Forensic Photography

•  Unit 13: Forensic Genetics


BTEC Level 3 Foundation in Diploma in Forensic Investigation, equivalent to 1.5 A levels.

Entry Requirements

Students require at least a Grade 5 in GCSE Science.


The course is assessed through a mix of externally and internally assessed units, some involving written examination, some practical investigations and some assignments. The examination board will moderate a sample of learner work to verify standards, or there may be a visit to observe students and their work.

Where Next?

A BTEC in Forensic Science is designed to lead into a variety of courses or employment, including nursing and healthcare, environmental or forensic science courses – but check with specific higher education providers.

Department Staff

Mrs E Holmes Teacher of Science Contact
Mrs K Ward Teacher of Science Contact