Social Sciences

Summary of course

This qualification is designed for individuals who are interested in working or studying further in the fields of criminology or forensic science. The qualification contains a range of units which allows learners to develop their knowledge and understanding across a range of different areas to cover: investigative procedures, psychological approaches, scientific techniques, research and crime and punishment.

This course is a hybrid comprising of two different qualifications studied over two years:-

In year one you will study a Certificate in Applied Science and an Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology.

In year two you will study a Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation.

The course will be delivered by Social Science tutors and Science tutors.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Year one units – Certificate in Applied Science:
Principles and Application of Science, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques,

Year one units – Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology:
Psychological Approaches and Applications, Conducting Psychological Research,
Health Psychology Criminal and Forensic Psychology

Year two units - Diploma in Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation:
Science Investigation skills, Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice, Applications of Criminology Criminal Investigation procedures in Practice,
Forensic Fire Investigation,
Forensic Traffic Collision Investigation

*All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

How is the course assessed?

  • Practical tasks
  • written assignment/coursework
  • examinations in some science units

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don’t have a grade C (4) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal. Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in Criminology, Forensic Science, Research, Psychology and Investigative processes and wish to gain two distinct level 3 qualifications one in Forensic Science and the other in Applied Psychology.

Progression and Career Opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies, you could go to university and study applied science, Criminology and Psychology or join an apprenticeship programme. Alternatively, you could apply to work in:

Forensic Science Criminology Police investigation

PLEASE NOTE – As this course is a hybrid of two qualifications it is recommended that you check with your preferred University admissions teams before enrolling as this course may not be accepted by every university.

Entry Requirements for new students

Higher Level study in a relevant subject Employment.

Entry requirements for new students - 4 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 to include English language and Science and an interest in both science and criminology. All applicants will be invited for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place. Please be ready to discuss why you have chosen this course of study and your plans for future study and employment.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There may be relevant educational trips and visits that you will be expected to participate in during this course. The fees are payable at enrolment in September. The College Bursary Fund may be able to assist in certain cases.

Course fee information


Course fee information


student success

Charlotte Gee

Charlotte Gee

Charlotte, 17, is hoping to go into the world of social work and her AS Level results have given her the belief that she can get the grades she needs...

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