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Applied Science BTEC HNC

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Applied Science Forensic HNC (Part time)

What food is good for you? Why is blood red? How is disease transmitted? How do animals reproduce? What molecules are in your food? How does the environment work? If you are asking questions like this and have a keen interest in biology, this course could be just for you.

This is a widely recognised and highly valued applied science qualification that enables you to develop a range of higher-level specialist technical skills and knowledge, enabling students to meet the demands of employers in the science sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. This programme is a specialist pathway, designed to support progression into the forensics field.

Students will benefit from our excellent science facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff. By completing this course, students will achieve an industry-recognised HNC, which will enhance career prospects and your employability.

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements


  • GCSEs  9-4 in English and Maths/equivalent Functional skills


  • 32-48 UCAS tariff points including a Science subject OR
  • Science Apprenticeship Level 3 OR
  • Science T Level OR
  • BTEC Level 3 qualification in Applied Science OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in Science or related subject
What qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Science (Forensics Science).

How will I be assessed?

Students will be 100% assessed through written and practical assessment.

Course content

What will I study?
  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Bio-Chemistry
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Theories and causes of crime
  • Managing Scientific Project

Next steps

Course progression:

On successful completion of this course, you can apply to study an additional year on the HND Applied Science (Forensics Science).

Career progression:

Upon successful completion of a BSc top up course progression can lead to forensic science roles.

Additional information

You will need:

  • a lab coat
  • lab goggles
  • and gloves
  • as well as a personal computer

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 05/10/2023
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fees: £2,948.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Bedford College
Starts: 05/10/2023
Type: HE
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fees: £3,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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Funding Information

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.