Applied Science (Biomedical/Forensic Science)

Applied Science (Biomedical/Forensic Science)

This exciting, practical course will equip you with a range of scientific principles and skills such as chemical analysis, microbiology and mathematical applications in science.

Course Information

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Science
  • Qualification BTEC Foundation Diploma/Extended Diploma
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years

Are you passionate about science and want to develop your skills in a course covering a range of scientific disciplines? Are you inspired by the television series Criminal Minds? This exciting, practical course will equip you with a range of scientific skills such as criminal psychology, as well as knowledge of police and forensic procedures. It is ideal if you are interested in a full time rigorous Science course with a level of demand equivalent to A Level, but mainly assessed by coursework. You will be aspirational and wanting to develop a career in an area such as biomedical, applied or forensic science.

In your first year you will study the Foundation Diploma progressing to the Extended Diploma in your second year. You will learn by attending lectures, workshops, practical exercises, attending mock scenes of crime, visiting forensic laboratories and carrying out assignments. Assessment is mainly by coursework assignments, but approximately 18% of the course is based on written exams.

What topics will I study? 

You will study 16 units during the Extended Diploma, to include:

Core units:

  • Principles and applications of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Lab techniques and their application
  • Investigative project
  • Contemporary issues in science

Specialist units:

  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Genetics and genetic engineering
  • Biomedical science
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Forensic traffic collision investigation

The above list of units may be subject to change.

You will:

  • Look at the principals and applications of science
  • Use practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Develop and understand science investigation skills and lab techniques and their application
  • Carry out an investigative project
  • Consider contemporary issues in science
  • Use a dedicated forensic science lab
  • Enjoy frequent visits to several universities and employers
  • Attend careers fairs and be encouraged to undertake work experience

This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

Next steps: Successful students can continue their studies into many different university courses such as Forensic Sciences, Biomedical courses and Forensic Psychology. Alternatively, you may seek employment or an Apprenticeship in a variety of roles including laboratory technician, crime scene investigator and the police or fire service.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Grade 4 in Double Award or separate Sciences is also required. Success at the end of year one in the Foundation Diploma is required to progress on to Year 2, with the expectation of consistent work of at least Merit level.


You will have access to fully equipped laboratories and PCs with a crime scene area as well as access to a learning resource centre. There is a cafe based in the Maths and Science Centre.

Additional Costs

Resource fee for the course is £30.00 which covers iterms such as lab coats, safety goggles, and visits to scientific workplaces.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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