& CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS
Is it like CSI?
Forensic scientists analyse evidence from crime scenes to make conclusions and give legal statements in court.
You may have seen examples of forensic scientists portrayed on TV but in reality, they spend a lot more time in the lab analysing evidence. It's often more senior forensic scientists visit crime scenes to gather evidence.
Evidence is paramount when it comes to criminal investigations and justice, which means the people finding and reporting the evidence have a huge responsibility to get it right.
Science is all about innovation. Through research, thorough testing, and trialling can breakthroughs be made. Whatever area of science you want to progress in, you must approach it with an open mind and a determination to get results.
What kind of career could I have with this qualification? If you want to work in forensics, crime scene investigation, or forensic research, you're in the right place. From developing knowledge in the principles of science to learning how to dissect a crime scene, you will also learn about the career paths and opportunities available within this competitive industry.
Studying this course is a gateway to higher education, as the industry requires you to have advanced knowledge and skills to do the job properly.
Forensic scientists work with police and other medical personnel on often highly sensitive cases and are trusted to present vital evidence in courts of law.
How do I get into the industry?
- Higher education - this course will give you enough UCAS points to study a relevant degree, either in Forensic Science, Criminology, or something similar.
- Entry-level work: You could take on an assistant role in a laboratory and gain experience on the job, shadowing senior members of staff to work your way up.
Work Experience is essential
A large part of your course is getting the essential experience required to progress. Learning in the lab at college is important but isn't going to prepare you for actual life in the industry.
We work with industry-leading employers to ensure you get quality experience that is going to help you in your career. These include:
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Intermediate or Advanced?
You may have seen our courses split up into Intermediate and Advanced. Here's the lowdown on what they mean...
This level of study is equivalent to Level 1 & 2.
This will offer you a dedicated support system to prepare you for progression. You will develop your knowledge, skills and confidence in your chosen specialism, encouraged by your tutors and peers. Your experiences will enable you to decide what you want to do next, whether it’s an apprenticeship or an Advanced (Level 3) study programme at College, you will discover the wide range of options open to you.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 3.
Put your passion for your chosen subject into action with a variety of work experience opportunities. You’ll put your skills and knowledge to the test by taking on work experience in your chosen industry, getting an insight into what life in that career will be like. You’ll develop your learning at College, taking full advantage of our industry-standard facilities. Professionalism is a must for advanced programmes, as you will be making contacts and opening doors for yourself which could lead to something extraordinary.
This level of study is equivalent to Level 4, 5 & 6, and is only for people who have already completed an Advanced (Level 3) qualification (BTEC or A Level or equivalent).
Take your career to the next step with undergraduate qualifications, from HNCs to BA Degrees. Focus on your specialism, developing advanced technical, practical and research skills to prepare you for a fulfilling and successful career. With expert lecturers, small class sizes and access to facilities mirroring industry, get ready to become an expert in your chosen field.