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Forensic Investigation (Level 3) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course is perfect if you have a keen interest in forensic science, want to pursue a career in policing, criminology or in forensics specifically and enjoy problem solving and investigation. If you have completed the one year National Foundation in Applied Science (Forensics), equivalent to 1.5 A Levels, you can move onto this Extended Diploma and work towards the full 3 A Levels).

You’ll learn a range of scientific principles and how these relate to forensics plus you’ll develop your analytical skills and investigation skills. You’ll learn the physiology of the human body as well as develop a good grounding in microbiology, genetics and criminal investigations.

You can expect a strong emphasis on practical laboratory work as well as plenty of theory based work too. You’ll conduct experiments and be expected to apply your scientific knowledge and techniques to the research and analysis you carry out and throughout your course you’ll be supported by a team of experienced and friendly tutors.

This course is based at the Basford Hall Campus.

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Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Invesigation


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You’ll need 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 (A*-C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grade 9-4 (A*-C) or Functional Skills level 2 in English and maths. You can also gain a place by having a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and maths GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C).


Choose to follow with further study to enable you to progress onto a variety of careers such as: 

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Archaeology
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Fire Investigation
  • Crime Scene Investigation and Criminology. 

These areas of specialisms could see you working in a laboratory or out in the field.


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