BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Qualifications gained:

 Award:  BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation


Awarding Body:  Pearson


What will I study?

We cover four mandatory units across the two years:

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science 1 - Assessed by an externally set written exam.

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques - Assessed by internally assessed assignments.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills - Assessed by an externally set practical task which is completed under supervised conditions.

Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practise – Assessed by internally assessed assignments that are linked to contexts relating to real-world situations.


An additional two units are studied during the two year course:

Unit 10: Forensic Fire Investigation

Unit 12: Forensic Photography


What will I need to study the course?

 If you enjoy working in a scientific environment and have an interest in areas of forensics, this is the course for you.


GCSE English at grade 5 will enable access to the higher grades within the course. If you have studied GCSE Trilogy or Separate Science and obtained a 5 grade, you will have a good grounding in relation to certain aspects of the scientific techniques work.


What assessment will there be?

 All students are assessed by the means of internally set assignments, externally set tasks and externally set exams. These various methods allow the student to demonstrate that they have skills and knowledge to achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction Grade. The course has one exam for 1.5 hours in Unit 1, one externally set assessed task split into Part A and B in Unit 3 with the rest of the units assessed by internally set assignments.

At the end of the course, the students' assignment grades together determine the overall grade for their BTEC qualification. 

All mandatory units must be passed in order to gain the qualification!  This course is the equivalent to 1.5 A levels


Where will it take me?

 On successful completion of any BTEC level 3 qualifications, you can progress to employment and/or continue your study in the same, or related vocational area. For those students thinking of applying to university these awards carry the same UCAS points as A-Levels.


More info:

 For more information please see Mrs Bayes, Mr McRae or Mr Brocklehurst