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About the course

The Level 3 Forensic and Criminal Investigation National Diploma with a Diploma in Criminology is a new and exciting, dual course being offered for 2020.  Students will study the core concepts of Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation for 2/3 of their time in college with the other 1/3 being devoted to Criminology. This breadth of study will allow students the opportunity to pursue careers in both scientific and social science disciplines so is ideal for those students who want to branch out. Students will complete both coursework and exams for 2 qualifications offered, with some of the coursework being under exam conditions. Students can also opt to study the full Forensic and Criminal Investigation Extended Diploma if they don't wish to study an additional qualification in Criminology. As the additional qualification will be studied in Year 2 of the programme, students don't need to choose which pathway they want to do until partway through Year 1. Here at WSC, we endeavour to do as much practical work as we can and students can look forward to modules such as Forensic Fire Investigation, Criminological Theories, Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice, Crime and Punishment and Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation.

West Suffolk College is a member of the Royal Society of Biology School and Colleges Affiliation Scheme

Entry requirements

Students require 5 grade 4s and above including English, Mathematics and Science.

Qualifications

Students will receive a Level 3 National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation (worth the equivalent of 2 A Levels) as well as a Level 3 Diploma in Criminology (worth 1 A Level)

What you'll learn (core modules)

Modules include Principles and Applications of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Forensic Fire Investigation, Criminological Theories, Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice, Crime and Punishment and Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Students will develop the analytical and critical thinking skills that every scientist needs! These skills are transferrable to pretty much every other walk of life so are incredibly useful

How will I be assessed?

Students are assessed using a combination of coursework and exams. Some of the coursework is under exam conditions.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is delivered at the Bury St Edmunds campus in our onsite laboratories and classrooms

Where will the course take me?

Students can pursue a multitude of careers including STEM based subjects and social sciences.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Students will need standard college equipment as well as a scientific calculator and a hardback A5 Laboratory notebook. 

How much will it cost?

There are no costs associated with this course, unless students wish to take part in enrichment activities

I'm interested. What should I do now?

If you're interested in this course, then why not come along to one of our open days or apply online?

Days & times

Starting September 2020


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