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This level 3 qualification will give you foundation knowledge in forensics and criminal investigation. This two year course will enable you to progress into Higher Education to study within the forensic and criminal investigation sector, prior to entering into employment.

This course will allow student the experience of studying at both our Amersham and Wycombe campuses. Students will study one laboratory day at Amersham and two days at Wycombe for the theory classes.

  • What will I learn?

    This programme will give you the underpinning knowledge in both forensics and criminal investigation. You will learn the basic principles of science and how they can be used within law enforcement investigations. You will also be introduced into the use of psychology and how that can aid law enforcement in criminal investigations.

  • Example modules

    • Scientific Forensic Investigation skills
    • Applications of Criminology
    • Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice
    • Applications of Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • How will I be assessed?

    This diploma is assessed primarily through coursework and presentations graded on Pass, Merit or Distinction but there are also 4 modules that are assessed externally by examination.

  • Entry Requirements

    GCSE in both Maths, English and Science at 4 (C) or above. All applicants will be interviewed to ensure that the course is the right choice based on previous educational experience and future career plans.

  • Progression & Career Opportunities

    Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded a level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation which will enable you to progress into Higher Education as BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology, BSc(Hons) Criminology, BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology and Criminal Investigation. Successful completion of this course can lead to career in the Police Service, the Forensic Science Services, the Prison Services or Certified Psychology Practice.

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Course Details

Qualification Level Level 3
Study Mode Full-Time Course
Start Date September
Duration 36 Weeks
Course Code FFORCL3ED/FH-1
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