West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form Course Guide

Forens ics PEARSON BTEC LEVEL 3 NATIONAL DIPLOMA Specific entry requirements Minimum entry requirements for applied science: five 9-4 grades at GCSE, Level 2 BTEC Double Award in Applied Science at merit or distinction or at least two grade 5s from any science GCSEs and a grade 4 in mathematics and English. Content of the course The qualification is the equivalent in size to two A Levels, eight units of which six are mandatory and three are external. The mandatory content covers 83%. Of this qualification the external assessment is 46%. BTECLevel 3 qualifications offer a specialist qualification that focuses on particular aspects of employment within the appropriate vocational sector. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a qualification which can extend a learner’s programme of study and give a very clear vocational emphasis- in this instance forensic and criminal investigation. This Level 3 qualification consists of the same three core units as the Applied Science extended certificate (these are the mandatory units - and must be covered for the certificate): 1. Principles and Applications of Science I (external) 2. Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques (internal) 3. Scientific Investigation Skills (external) There are an additional three mandatory units covering: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice (internal), Applications of Criminology (external) and Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice (internal-synoptic). The optional units we have chosen to cover are the Physiology of the human body systems (internally assessed) and a forensic unit of coursework (traffic collisions). Of these eight units of study,three are assessed externally, these are in the format of written examination lasting 1.5 hours each. The practical assessed task and the third assessed component are supervised synoptic assessments lasting three hours. How is the course assessed? All internal assessments are in the format of coursework undertaken in controlled conditions. External assessments are in the forms of examination and synoptic assessment. Equivalent in size to two A Levels, eight units of which six are mandatory and three are external. Mandatory content (83%). External assessment (46%). Is this course for you and where could it take you? This course is designed to provide you with a specialist work-related qualification giving learners a greater knowledge of science in a forensic context. The course is perfectly suited to anyone interested in entering the various science and technical professions. This qualification uses science in the workplace as a focal point and enables learning to be as active, practical and work-related as possible. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for you to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to science and the science industries. This course encourages skill based learning in more specific science areas, for example you will look at how labs are managed and the need to calibrate equipment. It is essential that students on this course are organised, to meet deadlines, are open to learning new practical skills, good maths and written skills in order to make calculations and write reports and finally excellent communication skills are a necessity in order to present information verbally and in writing for assessment purposes. In previous years students have used this qualification to further their studies in nursing, midwifery, forensic science and other analytical courses. It also allows for entry into science based higher level apprenticeships and employment. Contact PleasecontactMissKBeckwith beckwithk@westlakesmat.org.uk West Lakes Academy - Sixth Form 19