Level 3

Forensics and Criminal Investigation Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 05/09/2022
FREE* Southend Campus, Thurrock Campus
Duration Age Group Study Start Cost Available Locations
2 YEARS SCHOOL LEAVERS FULL TIME 05/09/2022
FREE* Southend Campus, Thurrock Campus

Overview

This course covers  a variety of science-based modules including criminal and forensic investigation. It provides you with the skills required to go on to higher education or pursue a career in the science field.

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 qualification or GCSEs x 4 at grade 4/C - one to be grade 4/C in Science and another in ENGLISH OR MATHS dependent on vocational subject to be studied
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Course Structure

  • Principles and applications of science
  • Practical scientific procedures and techniques
  • Science investigation skills
  • Forensic investigation procedures in practice
  • Criminal investigation procedures in practice
  • Forensic anthropology and archaeology applications of criminal and forensic psychology
  • Environmental forensics
  • Forensic traffic collision investigation
  • Physiology of human body systems
  • Forensic genetics
  • Maths and English

Assessment & Feedback

  • External assessment under examination conditions
  • Coursework, assignment tasks (written reports, graphs and posters, projects) and performance observation assessments

Course Cost

School Leavers, full_time: FREE

FREE to UK under 19s not in employment.

Important

Aged 18 as of 31st August 2022 and applying for Level 3 Extended Diploma?

Your application and enrolment will be for the one year Level 3 Diploma. If you wish to complete the full Extended Diploma you will need to apply for an (Advanced Learner Loan) to cover the tuition fees after successfully completing the Diploma.

For more information please contact our admissions team

email: admissions@southessex.ac.uk

What Next...

Higher education at university or college to study a forensic science degree.

Success Stories...

Celebrating Success 2022: Emma Groom

Celebrating Success 2022: Emma Groom

Course studied

Forensics and Criminal Investigation Level 3 Extended Diploma

I gained a lot of knowledge on how criminal cases are analysed and the process that it goes through when taken to court.

High-achieving and dedicated Science Student of the Year, Emma Groom, is on course to follow her dream after securing a place to study Forensic Anthropology at Dundee University.

The 18-year-old has excelled in her Forensic Investigation & Criminology studies, achieving distinction star in her first year of study and is expected to achieve triple distinction star at the end of her programme.

Emma said she chose to study at South Essex College as it was one of the only providers she was aware of that offered the course. Her course has enabled her to pursue her dream of becoming a Forensic Anthropologist and she said it has ‘heightened my enthusiasm about my career path’.

Her tutors were quick to praise Emma and nominate her as Science Student of the Year. Her citation read: “Emma has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She is a polite, kind and considerate individual who is highly regarded by both her peers and her tutors. 
“Emma is an ambitious and conscientious young person and we wish her all the success that she deserves.”

Emma said she was thrilled to have won the award and said her hard work over the past two years had paid off.

She said: “I gained a lot of knowledge on how criminal cases are analysed and the process that it goes through when taken to court.
“I wish to become a successful Forensic Anthropologist. It will bring joy to me when I can finally give those affected by unforeseen events their identity back and finally bring them justice.”