Level 3 National Foundation Diploma / Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics)


The Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (Forensics) is a one year course progressing to the Extended Diploma in year two. It is suitable for students who prefer a more vocational and practical course of study that covers a considerable breadth of subject specialisms. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels and this qualification is recognised by universities. It is a very popular course for those who are keen in science and want to follow a degree in forensic science, or any related field eg. biological science. Students who wish to progress to university are fully supported during their two years of study with us. Students are also supported to progress onto an apprenticeship within the field if this is their preferred choice.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This course applies scientific principles for use in the forensic field. It is the equivalent to three A levels and will include units such as Laboratory Practice, the Scientific Method, Scientific Principles and the Application of Chemistry and Biology in Forensic Applications. In addition, a wide range of forensic specialisms will be studied – Criminology, Psychology, Photography, Criminal and Accident Investigations – so that you can explore a range of related subject matter associated with the field. Maths is embedded throughout the programme delivery.

Am I right for the course?

Are you motivated for a career in Science? This is a two-year full time course which can lead to university to study either for a degree in Forensic Science, Biomedical Science, Forensic Photography, Forensic Psychology, Criminology or any science-related course, further training, including apprenticeships or employment as Science Technician.

You will need four GCSEs at Grade 4/ C or above including Science, Maths and English or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Applied Science.

As this is a vocational course you will be assessed mostly by course work which you need to pass. Every unit consists of a series of assignments awarded at pass, merit or distinction level. These cover a range of tasks including; written assignments, presentations, scientific reports, practicals and a portfolio of evidence. You will need to be very organised and keep up to date with all the coursework.

Students that enter the course without a C or above in GCSE English or maths will be expected to study this alongside their main programme. Students will also be able to access support from the LRC Learning Coaches, Outside the Box workshops and students will also be expected to undertake work experience.

By studying Applied Science at Oaklands you will have your mind open to the broad spectrum of sciences to problem solving. You will be taught by experienced, qualified lecturers whose area of expertise include law, science, psychology and photography.

What Next?

On completion of the Level 3 Extended Diploma you will have the ability to apply to university or for apprenticeships to further develop your skills in this fascinating subject. You will receive support for applications to university, apprenticeships or work, with training to pursue your career in the range of jobs associated with Forensic Investigation. Potential careers include: Forensic Scientist, Fingerprint Officer, Crime Scene Investigator, Police Officer, Laboratory Technician and Forensic Photographer.

On completion of the Applied Science course you will have the ability to apply to university to further develop your skills in this fascinating subject. You will receive support for applications to university or work with training to pursue your career in the range of jobs associated with Forensic Investigation.

Potential careers:

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fingerprint Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Forensic Photographer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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