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This course helps students to develop a wide range of scientific and investigatory skills including scientific procedures and techniques, criminal investigating procedures and forensic genetics to name a few. This course will start in September and there are limited places available; if you are interested in joining one of the most successful colleges in the country, please contact us via the details below
Please note this course is equivalent to two A Levels, and as such, can only be studied alongside one other A Level.
In this course you will study:
Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
- Demonstrate knowledge of scientific facts, terms, definitions and scientific formulae
- Demonstrate understanding of scientific concepts, procedures, processes and techniques and their application
- Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information to make judgements and reach conclusions
- Make connections, use and integrate different scientific concepts, procedures, processes or techniques
Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
- Undertake titration and colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions
- Undertake calorimetry to study cooling curves
- Undertake chromatographic techniques to identify components in mixtures
- Review personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work
Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts, procedures, processes and techniques and their application in a practical investigative context
- Interpret and analyse qualitative and quantitative scientific information to make reasoned judgements and draw conclusions based on evidence in a practical investigative context
- Evaluate practical investigative procedures used and their effect on the qualitative and quantitative scientific information obtained to make reasoned judgements
- Be able to make connections between different scientific concepts, procedures, processes and techniques to make a hypothesis and write a plan for a practical investigation
Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice
- Explore procedures used to preserve, collect and record forensic evidence from a simulated crime scene
- Use analytical techniques to examine forensic evidence collected from a simulated crime scene
- Draw conclusions and report on the results of the analysis of forensic evidence
Unit 5: Applications of Criminology
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the criminological theories used to explain criminal behaviour, crime prevention and punishment methods, and the impact of crime on society
- Apply knowledge and understanding of criminological theories and information provided to explain criminal behaviour, crime prevention and punishment methods, and the impact of crime on society
- Be able to rationalise and make reasoned decisions based on interpretation and analysis of information and synthesis of knowledge and understanding
Unit 6: Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice
- Understand the legal framework that criminal law investigators must adhere to in order to secure a criminal conviction
- Explore procedures and the resources available in criminal investigations
- Develop communication skills as a professional witness in a mock criminal trial
Unit 8: Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Understand the impact of disorders of the musculoskeletal system and their associated corrective treatments
- Understand the impact of disorders on the physiology of the lymphatic system and the associated corrective treatments
- Explore the physiology of the digestive system and the use of corrective treatments for dietary-related diseases
Unit 15: Practical Chemical Analysis
- Investigate quantitative analysis on the components of matrices to determine their composition
- Investigate spectroscopic techniques to identify compounds and determine concentrations
- Investigate chromatographic techniques to identify components and determine the amounts present in samples
How will I know how I am doing?
Unit 1: Exam (2 hours)
Unit 2: Coursework
Unit 3: Controlled assessment
Unit 4: Coursework
Unit 5: Controlled assessment
Unit 6: Coursework
Unit 8: Coursework
Unit 15: Coursework
What do I need to join?
5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including a 5 in Maths, English Language and a 55 in Science
How will I learn?
This Level 3 course is based at our Filton campus, located in South Gloucestershire which is easily accessible from the city of Bristol by train (Bristol Parkway / Bristol Abbey Wood) and bus.
You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during your first year in term time, where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period. The aim of this activity is to give you an idea of what full-time employment is like and to help you think about which career you would like to follow.
What can I do next?
Students who study Forensic and Criminal Investigation do so with the aim to study this further at university. This field of study leads to careers such as: Forensic Investigation, Fraud Investigation, Social Care, Trading Standards, Intelligence Services and many others.
course information last updated: Tuesday 18th January 2022 @ 8.30am (8 hours ago)