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Forensic Science HNC Level 4

This course starts in September 2023, applications for this course will open in October 2022

Graduates successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Forensic Sciences will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts, values and principles of Forensic Sciences, and the skills to perform effectively as a support worker in a number of different settings in the Applied Sciences sector.


They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and they will have the behaviours and qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to Forensic Sciences, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.


  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 23-FL4HC-FCI-1

    Start Date September 2023

    How long is the course? 32 weeks

    What time does the course start? 9AM

    What time does the course end? 5:30PM

    When does the course run? Thursday, Friday

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £4,800

    Are concessions available? No

    Examining Body EDEXCEL

    Is an interview required? Yes

  • What will I study and learn?

    The course is assignment based and includes the following modules

    1. Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
    2. Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
    3. Regulation and Quality in Applied sciences
    4. Cell Biology
    5. Fundamentals of Biochemistry
    6. Criminal Investigation
    7. Theories and Causes of Crime
    8. Psychology in the Forensic Setting

  • Are there any materials or resources that I need to bring to the sessions?

    Please ensure you are equipped to take notes in lessons. Any specialist equipment to be used in lessons will be provided by the college.

    Topic specific worksheets and handouts will be provided by the college. You will need to bring basic writing equipment e.g. notepads, pens, pencils, highlighters; a ruler and a calculator.

  • What is expected of me at this level?

    This is a fast pace course and you will be expected to have good attendance and complete independent study outside of lessons. At the start of the qualification you will be given a course calendar and handbook with a series of coursework submission dates which you will be asked to meet at regular intervals throughout the year.

  • Entry requirements

    Any Level 3 Science qualification.

  • Skills and experience you will need for the course

    A keen interest in the subject area and any experince is always beneficial. You should also be organised and keen to learn. 

  • How will I be taught?

    You will learn about your subjects in a variety of ways, including group work, independent research, taking part in discussions, visits, external speakers and live projects. You will also be encouraged to develop your study skills, including research, analysis and presentation.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There is no examination. You will be assessed for each unit through assignments, timed tests and coursework. The grading on the course is level 3 (GCE Advanced level).

  • What qualification will I get?

    On successful completion of the course you will gain a Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Forensic Sciences.

  • What skills will I gain as a result of doing the course?

    The course will prepare you for either continuing your Higher Education to a level 5 course such as an HND and also for employment in the industry. It will also help you develop your study skills and employability skills alongside a range of specialist skills including:

    • Practical skills
    • Analytical and evaluative skills
    • IT skills
    • Writing in a scientific style
  • What can the course lead to?

    This course can lead to HND Forensic Science, the second year of a Forensic course at university or employment.

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