Applied Science (Criminology & Forensics) BTEC Level 3 Diploma
What is this course about?
This course offers you the chance to develop skills in the core elements of science and scientific research, before allowing you to choose a specialisation and study units from the branches of Criminology and Forensics. The course will use the latest facilities and teaching methods to develop your scientific knowledge and understanding, and support you in applying this to the study and practice of your selected career pathway. The course is an excellent step towards entry to higher education and employment.
4 GCSEs grade A*-C including one
science based subject, BTEC First
Diploma in a science based subject,
appropriate related NVQ Level 2 or
Intermediate qualification. All applicants
will require a GCSE in English and Maths
grade A*-C or equivalent. You will have
a pre-induction interview/assessment to
make sure this is the right level for you.
How is it taught
The course will be taught using cutting edge facilities and a range of exciting and innovative teaching metods. The course will utilise industry where possible to help learners apply their knowledge and gain a better understanding of employment in your prospective careers. A variety of practical and theory sessions will include investigative and student led learning.
How will I be assessed?
BTEC Diploma/Extended Diplomas are assessed through continuous course work assessments. These assessments will be carried out through a variety of formats, ranging from practical assessment and presentations, through to written assignments and reports.
What else do I need to know?
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a vocational qualification which is recognised by employers for the skills it provides in a specific subject area and is accepted by colleges and universities as equivalent to three A-Levels.
What could I do next?
This Level 3 course can enable entry to Higher Education on a related qualification, or will increase employment prospects in the science based industries.
Biological scientists and biochemists
Biological scientists and biochemists examine and investigate the morphology, structure, chemistry and physical characteristics of living organisms, including their inter-relationships, environments and diseases.
- Monitors the distribution, presence and behaviour of plants, animals and aquatic life, and performs other scientific tasks related to conservation not performed by jobholders in MINOR GROUP 214: Conservation and Environment Professionals.
- Advises farmers, medical staff and others, on the nature of field crops, livestock and produce and on the treatment and prevention of disease.
- Observes the structure of communities of organisms in the laboratory and in their natural environment.
- Researches the effects of internal and external environmental factors on the life processes and other functions of living organisms.
- Performs tests to study physiological and pathological characteristics within cells and other organisms.
- Identifies and studies the chemical substances, including microbial infections, involved in physiological processes and the progress of disease.
- Studies the physical and chemical form, structure, composition and function of living organisms.
23 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||6.47%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||40.5%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||25.19%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||20.74%|
Laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and checks, and perform a variety of technical support functions requiring the application of established or prescribed procedures and techniques to assist scientists with their research, development, analysis and testing, and to verify the physical, chemical and other characteristics of materials and products.
- Records and collates data obtained from experimental work and documents all work carried out.
- Operates and services specialised scientific equipment, undertakes prescribed measurements and analyses and ensures that sterile conditions necessary for some equipment are maintained.
- Grows cultures of bacteria and viruses, prepares tissue sections and other organic and inorganic material for examination and stains and fixes slides for microscope work.
- Prepares and analyses body fluids, secretions and/or tissue to detect infections or to examine the effects of different drugs.
- Sets up and assists with the construction and the development of scientific apparatus for experimental, demonstration or other purposes.
29 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||13.92%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||33.61%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||13.63%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||2.12%|
Police officers (sergeant and below)
Police officers (Sergeant and below) co-ordinate and undertake the investigation of crimes, patrol public areas, arrest offenders and suspects and enforce law and order. Officers of the British Transport Police operate within the specialised police service for the railway network across Britain.
- Gives evidence in court cases.
- Works on station reception desk and or in communications room.
- Prepares briefs or reports for senior officers.
- Attends accidents.
- Interviews suspects, takes statements from witnesses and stops, searches and/or arrests suspects.
- Investigates complaints, crimes, accidents, any suspicious activities or other incidents.
- Directs and controls traffic or crowds at demonstrations and large public events.
- Receives instructions from senior officers and patrols an assigned area on foot, horseback, motorcycle, motor car or boat to check security and enforce regulations.
31 new openings per year
|Level 4-5 (Higher Education)||10.56%|
|Level 6 (Bachelors)||33.45%|
|Level 7 (Masters or equivalent)||4.65%|
|Level 8 (Doctorate)||0.1%|