- 5 A-C GCSE grades (including English and Maths*) or
- A Distinction in a relevant Level 2 Diploma and a C in GCSE English and Maths*
If you do not meet these entry requirements please ask about our Level 2 programmes
*Exception: If you have a D in English we will still consider you for Level 3, but you will be required to retake the exam alongside the main programme.
The Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Analytical and Forensic Science is a nationally recognised qualification that is suitable as an alternative to A-levels. These programmes aim to equip learners with the skills, knowledge, attitude and values required to work towards a successful career in Analytical and Forensic Science. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A-levels. You will take the 90-Credit Certificate in Year 1 and complete the Extended Diploma in Year 2.
Who is the course suitable for?
If you want to keep your options open to either work or higher education then this course may suit you well.
This course is suitable for academically capable learners and should not be viewed as an easier alternative to other qualifications because you are going to be trained by experienced professionals who have knowledge in the fields you may be interested in. We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners.
This course prepares you with skills and knowledge in a variety of topics that will prepare you for the next level of education, Apprenticeship or a job in Analytical and Forensic Science. You will need to be prepared to attend college 4 days per week and attend work experience 1 day per week (gaining a total of 100 hours of work experience).
The course is laboratory based and you will learn to conduct experiments and analyse results using a wide range of techniques. Topics include the principles and application of science; scientific procedures and techniques; practical chemical analysis; forensic evidence collection and analysis; forensic fire investigation; forensic traffic accident investigation.
You will study approximately 9 units per year.
Development of Maths and English
At Central Bedfordshire College, students who have a D in GCSE English retake this subject in order to obtain at least a C grade at GCSE level. You will take Level 3 Units in Mathematics.
Employability Skills Development
Your study programme includes 1 hour per week of employability skills development which includes Careers Education, support and guidance on progression opportunities.
How will the course be taught?
You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced scientists who will use a wide variety of teaching methods to help you to learn and progress to the next level.
Lectures, discussions, independent research and practical tasks.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Every student has a personal tutor who will meet with their tutees on a regular basis to ensure they are making good progress. Tutors make sure that you receive regular feedback, manage your workload and meet college expectations.
Assessment mainly through course work assignments, but there are some examinatons too.
Are there any additional costs?
Coming to college is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to college and potentially to a local work placement. We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase if you wish. We may request contributions are made to trips and outings.
What course can I do next?
You can progress onto Higher Education courses in forensic science and related fields.
Alternatively you could look for an apprenticeship and work in related fields such as:
- Laboratory assistant
- Food technician
- Uniformed public services
Where can I get further support / advice?
Contact the college on 01582 477 776 or go to our website: www.centralbeds.ac.uk
How do I join the course?
Fill in an application form and you will be invited for a presentation and interview with one of the tutors.
The course is free if you are 16-18. If you are aged 19 or over on the 31st August of the year you wish to begin your course, one of our Science courses for adults may suit you better. Call the college or make an online enquiry so that we can discuss this with you.