Today’s BTEC Nationals are demanding, as you would expect of the most respected applied learning qualification in the
UK. You will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised, complete some assessments that we will set
and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments.
You can feel proud to achieve a BTEC because, whatever your plans
in life – whether you decide to study further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or to set up your own business – your
BTEC National will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.
What will I study?
Over two years you will study four units which cover:
principles and applications of science, practical scientific
procedures and techniques, science investigation skills
and human physiology.
For the Forensic & Criminal Investigation Diploma, you will
also study: forensic investigation procedures, applications
of criminology, criminal investigation procedures, plus one
optional unit in a specialised area of forensic investigation.
How will I be assessed?
The new BTEC National will assess you in three ways:
• Assignments - You will complete a series of tasks set
in a work-related scenario and produce a portfolio of
• Tasks - In controlled conditions, you will complete a
practical task tackling an everyday challenge
• Written Exam - You will draw on essential information
to create written answers to practical questions in test
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and
Science (grade 4-4 in combined science or grade 4 in each of the separate sciences).
The requirements of the qualification will mean learners
develop the transferable and higher-order skills that are
highly regarded by both higher education and employers.
A BTEC in Applied Science can lead to a wide range of
further qualifications, including: Applied Science, Nursing,
Midwifery, Biology, Biomedical Science, Sport Science
and more. It can also lead to a variety of career options
such as: Teaching, Science Journalist, Paramedic, Science
Technician (in a range of industries) and more.
Forensic and Criminal Investigation will offer learners the
opportunity to progress to some applied degree courses.
The course provides a perfect pathway to Forensic Science
courses, particularly if taken in combination with A Level
Chemistry, or is a good complement to Psychology or
Sociology if applying to Criminology courses.