National Foundation Diploma and 

Achieve a 90-credit diploma in your first year of study then top up to 180 credits on the extended diploma in the second year. The extended diploma gives you much more detail on the subject - it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have 90 credits from another college, you can choose to top up to the extended diploma with just one year of study.


This course is ideal if you want to study forensic science and criminology courses at university or if you want a practical career in the forensic science areas. There are plenty of practical activities to boost your understanding of scientific techniques as part of the mandatory units. You'll study aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as subjects specific to the forensic/criminology fields.

Mandatory Units:

  • Principles and Applications of Science

    Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

    Science Investigation Skills

    Laboratory Techniques and their Application

    Principles and Applications of Science

    Investigative Project

    Contemporary Issues in Science

Specialist Units:

  • Mathematical calculations for science
  • Physiology of the human body systems
  • Physiology of human regulation and reproduction
  • Criminology
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Criminal psychology
  • Applications of forensic psychology
  • Forensic fire investigation
  • Traffic accident investigation
  • Criminal investigation procedures
  • Criminal investigation in practice


As part of the course, you'll have the chance to gain work experience and help you understand the professional standards and behaviours expected in the science industry.


There are no course material fees.


Course will be assessed through assignments, practical, experiments and crime scene assessments.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including English, maths and science; OR a relevant Level 2 diploma at least at merit plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.

Next Steps

You could progress to degree or diploma courses in higher education. Employment opportunities include lab technicians or other practical scientific roles. You could progress to a degree or diploma courses in higher education including study in forensic science and criminology. Job opportunities include working as a Forensics Assistant.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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