Bridgwater & Taunton College

Forensic Science Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Bridgwater & Taunton College
In Bridgwater

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Typology BTEC
Location Bridgwater
  • BTEC
  • Bridgwater

The Forensic Science course provides a specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required by students interested in pursuing a career within this fascinating topic area, which also includes science, law and psychology. It will also suit students who excel in coursework. 

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Bridgwater (Somerset)
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Bath Road, TA6 4PZ


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Course programme

Forensic Science is simply the application of science to the law. In criminal cases, forensic scientists are often involved in the search for and examination of physical traces, which might be useful in establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime, and the scene of a crime or victim. Such traces commonly include 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. The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic Science is equivalent to three A levels. The course comprises of 18 varied and interesting units of study, which are an intriguing mix of both science and social science, all of which focus upon the very diverse work carried out by forensic scientists and enable students to gain both a theoretical and a practical feel for this fascinating and progressive field of study. The course has six compulsory core units: Fundamentals of Science Working in the Science Industry Scientific Investigations Scientific Practical Techniques Perceptions of Science Using Mathematical Tools in Science (1/2 unit) Together with 13 specialist units*: Using Statistics in Science (1/2 unit) Microbiological Techniques. Chemistry for Biology Technicians Genetics and Genetic Engineering Medical Physics Techniques Chemical Laboratory Techniques Criminology Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis Forensic Photography Criminal Psychology Forensic Psychology Criminal Investigation Procedures Criminal Investigation Practice (* These may be subject to change to match the teaching team's specialisms). You can read more about these units if you visit this link and look at the different unit guides.

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