BTEC Sub-Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science)

What will I learn?

The BTEC Sub-Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) consists of 3 mandatory units plus a further 3 optional units that provide for a total combination of 60 credits. The exact units covered may change from year to year, but this is an indication of the likely course structure:

Core Units


Unit 1


Fundamentals of Science


Unit 2



Working in the Science Industry


Unit 3



Scientific Investigations


Examples of Optional Units


Unit 7


Mathematical Calculations for Science


Unit  31





Unit 32



Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis



Unit 33


Forensic Photography


Unit 34


Criminal Psychology

Entry Requirements

For this course, you should have achieved GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in Science, and we would prefer you to have GCSE grade 4 in Mathematics

How long will it take to qualify?

One or two years

How will I be assessed?

The course has no formal examinations, so units will be assessed by the completion of appropriate coursework. Students will need to work to set deadlines in order to be successful on this course.

Additional Learning Opportunities

There are a number of Enrichment activities which you will find both interesting and useful additions to your course of study, for example:

  • First Aid
  • Fitness Instructor Award
  • Maths for Scientists
  • Basic Food Hygiene

Who is this course aimed at?

The BTEC Sub-Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) is attractive to students who:

  • are interested in a career in science
  • want to gain a broad understanding of science
  • have a strong interest in the work of forensic scientists
  • have a strong interest in the role of other professionals who may be involved at crime scenes including criminal psychologists, forensic photographers and police/ fire services
  • enjoy learning through practical based activities
  • wish to take a course which is assessed entirely by coursework

What next?

If you enjoy practical science, then the BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) will give you a valuable general qualification for any HE course or job.

It can also be used to progress into science related higher education (forensic science, biochemical science, biomedical science, nursing) or science based training and employment (health care or laboratory-based science).

The BTEC Diploma by itself would not normally lead to a degree course but could be used to gain access to a BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) or BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Sciences, Forensic Science or other related courses. Both HND’s and HNC’s provide specialised vocational training that often leads directly to a job or career in science.

The BTEC Diploma alongside another A-Level science subject will give you a broader background for entry into degree level science. There are many forensic science degree courses available should you wish to become a forensic scientist. A degree is also becoming a common requirement for Crime Scene Investigators (CSI’s), who are employed by regional police forces.

A degree in a science-related discipline is highly valued by employers and can lead to a variety of careers in science and other industries.


Fully funded for eligible students aged 16+



  • BTEC


  • Science

Course Length

  • 1 or 2 years


  • 16+

Exam Board

  • BTEC