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Forensic & Criminal Investigation

Course Code: FDFC

Level: 3
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: BTEC
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One - two years

About the course

This Foundation Diploma in Forensic & Criminal Investigation at City College Plymouth is a practical, hands-on one year course that is equivalent to one and a half A Levels. Students can choose to combine it with another course or carry on to complete a second year, giving you a qualification accepted by universities and equivalent to three A Levels. Throughout the year, students will study aspects of all the sciences – chemistry, physics and biology. When students successfully complete the course, they will be part of our community of successful former students progressing to degree courses at City College Plymouth or studying degrees such as forensic science, criminology, psychology, chemistry and public services throughout the UK.

What you'll learn

Students will study a variety of units which include – Principles & Applications of Science, Practical Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice and Environmental Forensics.


Entry requirements

Students will need to have 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 (C) or above to include maths, English language and science.


There are two externally assessed units which take place as an exam and a controlled assessment task. This will be marked by the awarding body, Pearson. For the remaining units they will be assessed via assignments which will be marked by the lecturers.



What's next?

After completing this course students can progress onto a variety of degrees dependent of the UCAS points they earn. Typically students can progress onto criminology degrees or psychology degrees. This is an excellent course to progress onto our own Foundation degree in Forensic Science. Students can also use this qualification to progress onto a variety of forensic science degrees.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: FDFC

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2500

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.