Analytical and Forensic Science

BTEC Foundation Diploma , Level 3
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Did you know!

  • A qualification in science can lead to a whole host of opportunities in health-related industries, the pharmaceutical industry, land-based industries, environmental work, and sport and fitness.
  • By 2024, the science, engineering, and production technician sector in Leeds is predicted to grow by 2.3%. (EMSI, 2019)

Course Information


Get your knowledge down to a science with this useful course that strengthens your technical and transferable skills.

More about STEM


If you’re interested in a career in criminology or forensics, for example,
crime scene investigation or laboratory work, then challenge yourself and
further develop your core science skills with an emphasis on practical skills
over several vocational units.

You’ll develop scientific techniques and conduct experiments, all while
sharpening your communication, analytical and research skills. You’ll also gain
technical and transferable skills that will stand you in good stead as your
education and career progresses.

This course provides you with a BTEC NQF Foundation Diploma equivalent to one
and a half A levels.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone in years 11 or 12 looking to take the next step towards a career in science. It is particularly ideal for individuals who want to combine academic study with practical skills, study in professional-standard facilities and take advantage of our industry links.

Course units/modules

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I

Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills

Unit 4: Laboratory Techniques and their Application

Unit 12: Diseases and Infections

Unit 16: Astronomy

Benefits and skills

  • Navigate the laboratory using appropriate techniques.
  • Utilise scientific techniques to conduct experiments.
  • Strengthen your science investigative skills.
  • Boost your communication, analytical, evaluative, and research skills.
  • Study a range of topics, including astronomy and infectious diseases
  • Utilise scientific techniques to conduct practical experiments
  • Strengthen your research and investigative skills
  • Gain lifelong technical and transferable skills
  • Study and work in professional laboratories
  • Analyse and identify contemporary scientific issues
  • Improve your analytical, critical thinking and communication skills

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English, maths and science.

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Progression may include a second year of study to achieve the full Extended Diploma or relevant employment.

Course details

Duration: 1 year
Start Date: 09/09/2024
Fees (16-18): No fee
Study Type: Full time
Course Code: 77461-01

Please note that for all courses starting on 9th September, there will be an induction week, WC 2nd September.

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