Forensic science, combining science and the law, is an exciting and rewarding career path to go down, with many different routes and areas of specialisation. Highly skilled, well-trained, and qualified Forensic Scientists and Technicians are constantly sought-after by employers around the globe.

This one-year Level 4 qualification in Forensic Science is an advanced, technical qualification co-developed with London South Bank University (LSBU) and employers, delivered in a supportive Technical College environment with contemporary facilities.

Gaining this industry-led qualification not only provides you with a direct route to Higher Education, including direct entry to London South Bank University’s second year Forensic Science Bachelor of Science degree, but also equips you with the specialised scientific knowledge and skills needed to fast-track your career progression in Forensic Science and related disciplines such as health sciences.

Please note: this course is subject to final awarding body approval and validation. Please apply as normal. For more information contact Lambeth College.

Why Forensic Science at LSBU?

You can study this course at the new London South Bank Technical college (LSBTC) in Nine Elms, London’s buzzing Zone 1.
This is a practical, work-based course designed in partnership with businesses across London and co-developed with London South Bank University.
You will be taught in a realistic work environment with access to industry-driven laboratories and digital learning spaces and get to perform experiments with real-world applications, using industry-standard equipment, and be taught how to scientifically analyse your results.
You can visit local projects and workplaces as part of your course as well as benefit from wider services and support at London South Bank University.
On successful completion of the course, you can gain direct entry on the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree at London South Bank University.
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
ModeFull-time Duration1 year Start dateSeptember Application code5820 Application method Direct to LSBU
ModePart-time Duration2 years Start dateSeptember Application code5821 Application method Direct to LSBU


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Entry Level Requirements

  1. 5 GCSE qualifications at grade A*-C or 9-4 (to include Maths and English)


  2. 2 A-Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant science subject


    Relevant Level 3 vocational qualification in a science-based discipline:

    • Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science (MP) or Level 3 BTEC Diploma (120) in Applied Science (MP)
    • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
    • or an international equivalent of the above (NARIC confirmation).


  3. related work experience

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Course status

United Kingdom


Tuition fees for home students



Tuition fees for international students

Tuition fees are subject to annual inflationary increases. Find out more about tuition fees

  • Full-time


    Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Applied Science (LSB Technical College) (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5820 Session code: 1FX00

    Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Applied Science (LSB Technical College) (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5820 Session code: 1FX01

    Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Applied Science (LSB Technical College) (FT) - Year 1

    The fee shown is for entry 2023/24
    UK fee: £ International fee: £
    AOS/LSBU code: 5820 Session code: 1FX02
The international fee for this course shows as "£0" because this course is not open to international student.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode Full-time Duration 1 year Start date September Application code 5820 Application method Direct to LSBU
Mode Part-time Duration 2 years Start date September Application code 5821 Application method Direct to LSBU

The course offers students a broad introduction to the forensic science and professional laboratory science via mandatory units, while allowing for the acquisition of specialist skills and experience through specialist forensic science modules. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience.

You will study three core units:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences

And three specialised mandatory units:

  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Criminal investigation

You will also study 2 further specialist units as follows

  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Analytical Chemistry


      What to expect from your career

      This course could lead to direct employment in a variety of science-related industries and roles (influenced your selected pathway), including Laboratory Technician, Research Technician, Technical Support Chemist / Biologist, Quality Support Technician, Manufacturing Technician, Science Technician, Technologist, Instrumentation Technician and Product Development Technician; or give you the opportunity to progress straight to Higher Education.

      After successfully passing the Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Applied Sciences, you may wish to consider progressing to Higher Education, including direct entry to the second year of London South Bank University’s Forensic Science degree. You may also consider one of London South Bank University’s other degree courses (additional qualifications may be required).

      Typical salaries

      After a few years' experience forensic scientists can be called to court as a reporting officer. This means you need to concisely and confidently explain to the court what you have found. Salaries after three years' experience are usually around £25,000-£30,000, with senior roles paying around £50,000 (Prospects).

      Teaching and Assessment


      Assessment is continuous throughout the course, with a combination of written assignments, external examination, practical tasks (both in the laboratory and in the field), presentations, time constraint assignments.

      The assessment is criterion-referenced, and all units will be individually graded as ‘pass,’ ‘merit’ or ‘distinction.’

      Both oral and written feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

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