Who is the course for?
Forensic and Biomedical Sciences are fascinating specialist areas within the study of applied science which offer work related programmes of scientific study. Forensic Science is the application of science to the law for example forensic scientists may locate and analyse physical traces (such as body fluids, hair, textiles, paint, glass etc.) to determine any possible connection between a suspect and a crime scene or victim. Biomedical science includes investigations of tissue samples and body fluids to diagnose disease or monitor treatments. For example biomedical scientists work in partnership with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to perform many different roles in NHS laboratories from cancer screening to diagnosing HIV, from blood transfusion for surgery to food poisoning and infection control.
Whether studying Forensic Science or Biomedical Science, you need a strong motivation for analytical and practical science work because in forensic science your results will be presented in court and in biomedical science patients' lives can depend on your analysis. You will be taught in our brand, fully equipped STEM centre opening 2017 including access to a clean room and full range of analytical equipment and provided with ample opportunity to undertake hands-on experiments which not only underpin theory, but also provide technical training.
Do I need any formal qualifications?
You will need to have prior achievement at Level 2, including a Science subject, such as a minimum of 4 x GCSE A* C including Maths, English and Double or Triple Science, or relevant L2 vocational equivalents.
What will I study on the course?
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-levels and students applying for this course will first complete a one year Foundation Diploma in Applied Science including six units which develop the broad knowledge and underpinning technical skills required for in these specialist fields as well as provide an insight into these invaluable areas of science. Continuing on to complete the full two year Extended Diploma in Applied Science, learners will complete a further seven units (thirteen in total) which will deepen analytical skills and offer specific insight into these intriguing specialisms including modules such as; laboratory techniques, practical scientific procedures, microbiology, biomedical science, forensic evidence, collection and analysis.