Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences (Forensic Science) – September 2022

Start Date: 20 September 2022
Funding information: Student Finance HE Loan available, course costs apply.
Duration: 33 Weeks
Attendance: Full-time Provision

Course Overview

This course will help to develop you as a professional, self-reflecting individual who is able to meet the demands of employers in the Applied Sciences Sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

This course will equip you with relevant skills and knowledge for a range of careers, including forensic scientist, lab technician, blood stain pattern analysts, forensic ballistics expert, forensic toxicologist, and scientific researcher.

What career could this qualification lead to as an example? Forensic Scientist is a popular choice of career, however places at universities are limited and highly competitive. Completing 120 credits (L4 HNC) or 240 credits (L5 HND) in Applied Sciences can help you to stand out from the competition and may even allow you enter into the second or third years of some degree programmes.*

This course runs for 33-weeks, two days per week. The course has been scheduled for Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:15-4:30pm. An additional 10-15 hours per week of independent study time is recommended.

Course Content

This is a 120-credit qualification. You will study eight 15-credit units including:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Psychology in the Forensic Setting
  • Scientific Research Project

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • BTEC L3 Applied Sciences (or a related subject)
  • A-Levels in relevant subjects
  • L3 Access to HE Diploma
  • Other related L3 Qualification
  • Related work experience
  • Ideally all candidates should hold GCSE English & Maths or equivalent

Assessment Methods

  • Written Report
  • Formal Presentations
  • Professional Discussions
  • Journals
  • Case Studies
  • Time-constrained assessments
  • Practical Activities


Upon successful completion of this course you could progress onto:

  • HND Applied Sciences (Forensic Science)
  • Entry into the first or second year of a Forensic Science Degree*
  • Entry onto first or second year of BSc. Biochemistry; Biotechnology; Life Sciences*
  • Each university may have different entry requirements – you should check this course would meet the criteria of the university you intend to apply to.


£6995.00 incl VAT