Forensic & Criminal Investigation (Diploma)

Course Overview

The forensic and criminology sector is diverse and wide-ranging - embracing the fields of forensic science, forensic and criminal psychology and forensic criminology. Graduate entry careers are available in forensic laboratories, the police force and the probation service. The Forensic BTEC course is a Diploma (equivalent to two A-Levels) and can be combined with another BTEC or A-Level course.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 including Maths and English and two grade 4s in Science.


Most students will progress to related courses at University. This qualification will also support stu­dents who choose to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give successful students an advantage when applying for roles in areas such as laboratory technician or forensic technician.

Course Outline

The content of this qualification has been developed in consultation with academics to en­sure that it supports progression to higher education. The qualification provides the knowl­edge, understanding and skills that will prepare students for further study or training.

Everyone taking this qualification will study six mandatory units, covering the following areas:

  • principles and applications of science
  • practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • science investigation skills
  • forensic investigation procedures in practice
  • applications of criminology
  • criminal investigation procedures in practice.

Students choose two option units from a group. The option units have been designed to support progression to the range of sector-related courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas. The optional units offer breadth and depth of topic areas relevant to the forensic and criminal investigation sector, and cover areas such as:

  • physiology of human body systems
  • forensic genetics
  • environmental forensics
  • forensic fire investigation
  • practical chemical analysis.

This qualification enables students to acquire substantial cross-sector scientific knowledge and practical scientific skills, as well as forensic evidence collection and analysis skills, an appreciation of the application of psychology in forensic profiling and an understanding of the criminal justice system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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