This course gives you the foundation of knowledge to progress in a forensic career. Placements within the field prepare you with skills in laboratory techniques, evidence, collection and analysis, and investigative skills.

Studying in the Science department will give you access to state of the art scientific laboratories, specialist equipment and an experienced technical team, to help you to achieve and explore the scientific world.

Forensic Science (full time) is an extended diploma teaching both practical skills and scientific knowledge across Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Forensic Science. You will apply your knowledge of science in crime, investigation and analytics.


Topic areas include Microscopy, Diseases and Infections, Physiology of Human Body Systems; Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction.


Topic areas include Practical Chemical Analysis; Chemical Laboratory techniques; Industrial Applications of Organic Chemistry.


Topic areas include Energy; Medical Physics; Traffic Accident Investigation; Forensic Photography.

Forensics Topic areas include: Scientific Practical Techniques; Forensic Evidence Collection; Forensic Science Informatics; Forensic Fire Investigation; Criminal Psychology; Scientific Investigations; Criminal Procedures in Practice.

Course specific entry requirements

  • 1640 individual applications received for our Science and Maths courses
  • Specialist science laboratories with cutting edge equipment
  • Dedicated, well-resourced classrooms
  • Work placement opportunities
  • Science support sessions
  • University visits
  • Industry trips
  • Visiting speakers from well-established Alumni

This course provides you with the opportunity to progress on to Higher Education, employment or further training. Our students have progressed to:

Forensic Investigation at Staffordshire University

Forensic and Analytical Science at the University of Huddersfield

Pharmacy at the University of Central Lancashire

Paramedic Science at the University of Bedfordshire

Policing Studies and Forensics at the Liverpool John Moores University

Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging at the university of Hertfordshire

Forensic Science at the University of Hull

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire

Adult Nursing at the University of Salford

Zoology at Manchester Metropolitan University

Chemistry at Newcastle University

Criminology with Psychology at Leeds Beckett University

Course Key Details

Course Type : Extended Diploma
Exam Board : Edexcel
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : Mix of internal and external

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