Applied Science (Analytical & Forensic Science)

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 3 Applied Science

The applied science sector is diverse and wide-ranging, including, for example, biomedical, forensic, physical and chemical sciences. There are approximately 5.8 million people employed in applied science occupations in the UK. This equates to approximately 20% of the workforce.

The applied science sector has a crucial role to play in delivering economic growth in the UK and allowing companies to compete in a rapidly enlarging global market.

The BTEC National Diploma provides an opportunity for learners of 16-19 to learn transferable skills and gain a recognised qualification within the science sector.  The qualification is equivalent in size to 3 A levels, and it has been designed as a full two year programme.


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Ideal if:

You have a keen interest in science and want to increase your understanding of how we make sense of, and care for, the natural and physical world and you are fascinated by the science of crime and investigation.

You’ll need:

Four GCSEs at grade C or 4, including science, English and mathematics, or an equivalent qualification.

You’ll learn:

From a wide range of units including Principles & Applications of
Science, Science Investigation Skills, Forensic Evidence Collection & Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation and a range of modules covering aspects of chemistry, biology and physics.


Tutors who are passionate about science, lots of practical work in very well equipped laboratories, high quality advice and guidance on science
careers and progression.

You’ll love:

the interesting and inspiring case studies, spending time in our crime scene suite and your individual project work.


You’ll go on to:

Further study at Level 3, such as our Applied or Forensic Science Diploma, followed by a degree such as FdSc Forensic Science.



Applied Science (Analytical & Forensic Science)

Start Date





2 years

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