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About the course

Building on the skills and knowledge gained in the first year Applied Science course you will further your investigative skills and underpinning understanding of scientific processes that govern our lives. You will enhance your ability to question, explore and investigate a problem in a scientific manner to find the underpinning evidence and report if this supports or disproves a theory. You will continue to study core concepts from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assignment work focuses this year on Forensic science, how to collect evidence, process it and interpret the analysis results. Work experience in industry allows you the opportunity for unique experiences that prepare you for the world of work and for entry into higher education.

Entry requirements

You will need to sucessfully complete year one Applied Science with an excellent attendance and punctuality record for the year.



Level 3 Forensic Science Extended Diploma, with opportunities to stretch yourself with additional Qualifications such as Core Maths L3 and Extended Project Qualification that also carry UCAS points


What you'll learn (core modules)

The Forensic Science pathway includes units such as Criminal Investigation Procedures, Forensic Evidence Collection and Analysis and Traffic Accident Investigation as well as units in Chemistry and Biology.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Through your Science studies at West Suffolk College you will have gained industry relevant, practical investigative skills, that will enable you to pursue a career in scientific industries or continue onto to study science at a Higher Education institute. Science gives you a great opportunity to develop transferrable skills such your critical thinking skills, through problem solving and designing investigations. When developing protocols, you may not get it right first time, but then you'll have to return to the drawing board and adapt your plans before trying again, developing character strengths such as resilience too. We give our students the opportunity to grow in confidence and ability to communicate their ideas through presentations work in house and external public engagement events throughout the year.

How will I be assessed?

Your course will be assessed using assignments throughout the year, these can include practical assessment, presentations, professional discussions and dissertation style professional posters as well as traditional written assignments.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

You will be predominantly based in our Laboratories at the Bury St Edmunds Campus, with sometime in the classrooms here too.

Where will the course take me?

The Extended Diploma opens up progression routes to university courses such as pharmaceutical science, biomedical science, psychology, analytical chemistry, radiology & microbiology. Last year everyone who applied to university was offered a place on their chosen courses.

You can make use of the practical skills that you have developed during your Extended Diploma and go into the workplace with a science apprenticeship, last year we had 5 students go into higher level apprenticeships using their Extended Diploma qualifications. At West Suffolk College we work closely with local employers to make sure that we offer some of the best apprenticeships you can find.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

You will require a calculator, memory stick, notebook/line paper, pen/pencils/coloured pens/highlighters and poly pockets. Relevant books to the course are available in the library to support your learning.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you hold a 90 credit diploma in Applied Science then please apply using our online system, if you need to gain the Applied science first please select that on your online application. If you need any further information then please using the enquiry facility or come and visit us at one of our open events to talk with the Science team.

Days & times

Starting September 2019

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