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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Have you thought about being a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) or want to know the psychology of serial killers
If so, this course is for you!

We are delighted to offer the National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation as part of our curriculum for 19/20.

This full time study programme has been specifically designed and will be delivered by experienced practitioners and academics. It offers theoretical and practical aspects of real-life investigations which are brought to life within a local, national and global context.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 including English, Maths and Science or equivalent Level 2 qualification.

What do I need to bring?

Notepad and pen

Assessment/Exam information

Examinations and set tasks including internal assignments

Other information

You will study a range of subjects including: Principles and Applications of Science I, Science Investigation Skills, Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice, Forensic Traffic Collision and Investigation and Forensic Photography. This programme of study will also develop your knowledge on the changes in how investigations are conducted by law enforcement agencies.

You will have opportunities to use our specialist laboratory to undertake a range of experiments and gain further experiences by visiting local employers.

We have strong links with a range of employers who are invited in as guest speakers to support your studies.

What can I do next?

Successful completion and achievement of this course can support your progression onto higher education to study a Policing Degree (New 2020 joining pathways for the Police) and the following: BSc (Hons) in Policing and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation, BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science, BSc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology, BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Criminology, BSc (Hons) in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Investigation, BA (Hons) in Criminology and BA (Hons) in Criminology and Law.

Qualification description

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
36 weeks per year 02 Sep 2019 24 Jun 2021 Tuition fee: £7,155.00
Award body exam fee: £240.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
Course Fees apply to each year of the course, with the exception of Level 3 courses.
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 30.00
Study days: FT COURSE

Any extra costs

Students aged 19+ will pay tuition fees, plus exam, registration and material costs. For this course the fee shown above is payable for each academic year of study.

There may be some supplementary costs for equipment, books, course trips and visits.

Financial assistance may be available to cover these costs, please ask a member of staff in our Student Finance office or call 01793 491591 for more information.

Please be aware course fees are subject to change and may vary due to cost increase from suppliers and number of enrolments.

How to apply

If you wish to apply for this course, please click on the 'Apply now' button at the bottom of this page.
Alternatively, you can contact Student Services at:
Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon, SN2 1DY.
Tel. 01793 491591 or email