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This course is designed for 16-18 year olds as a two-year, full-time programme. This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to go to university or study further areas such as biomedical science, analytical and forensic science, physical science, psychology, sociology or criminology.

You will study thirteen units; 7 mandatory units, including four units that are externally assessed and six optional units. The qualification is equivalent in size to 3 A-levels.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.


You will be assessed via a number of different methods including: examinations, presentations, practical investigations, essays and reports. You will also develop higher level skills to ensure you are ‘university ready’. These are developed through the variety of approaches to teaching and learning whilst you are on the course and include evaluation, analysis & synthesis, research, problem solving and data analysis.

Key Areas

Mandatory Units

  1. Principles and Applications of Science The topic areas covered in this unit include: animal and plant cells; tissues; atomic structure and bonding; chemical and physical properties of substances related to their uses; waves and their application in communications.

  2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques Learners will be introduced to quantitative laboratory techniques, calibration, chromatography, calorimetry and laboratory safety, which are relevant to the chemical and life science industries.

  3. Science Investigation Skills Learners will cover the stages involved and the skills needed in planning a scientific investigation: how to record, interpret, draw scientific conclusions and evaluate.

  4. Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice You will investigate a simulated crime scene and demonstrate appropriate forensic procedures in collecting and packaging forensic evidence.

  5. Applications of Criminology In this unit, you will study how different aspects of criminology help us to understand the reasons why some people may commit crimes and the various methods of crime prevention in England and Wales.

  6. Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice In this unit, you will develop an understanding of the Criminal Justice System (CJS), including the police and courts.

  7. Applications of Criminal and Forensic Psychology Learners examine how different aspects of criminal and forensic psychology are applied in the Criminal Justice System (CJS).

The optional units offer breadth and depth of topic areas that are relevant to the forensic and criminal investigation sector. These may include topics such as: environmental forensics, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Forensic Genetics, Practical Chemical Analysis, Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques, Forensic Photography.

Entry Criteria

You will need six GCSEs grade C (new grade 4) or above including maths, English language and science or a BTEC level 2 in a relevant subject with merit and distinction grades. You will also be required to have an interview prior to enrolment.

What Next

Students who achieve this qualification may progress to university. The course is particularly suitable for degrees, including: Policing and Criminal Investigation, Forensic Psychology, Psychology and Criminology, Forensic Science, Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, Criminology, Law.

This course is also suitable for students who wish to progress to HNC/HNDs or Foundation degrees in Criminal Justice and other Humanities subjects.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    South & City College Birmingham


    Bordesley Green Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


    Full Time Week

    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September | 2018/19 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2018/19 - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
    19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2018/19 £7,000 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    24+ September | 2018/19 £7,000 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    Hours Per Week Study Details Minimum Age Average Class Size Max Class Size Material Fees International Fees
    16.00 1 16 20 NULL 0.0000 5000.0000

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