HNC Applied Sciences (Forensic Sciences)

London South Bank Technical College

Mode: Full-time

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Overview

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.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Lambeth College
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Lambeth College

Modules

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

      Employability

      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).

      Facilities

      Teaching and learning

      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.

      Entry requirements

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

        and

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

        or

        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).

        and

      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

      • Accreditation and Course validation status

        This course is validated by London South Bank University. Applications are being accepted.

      How to apply

      Home applicants

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

      Fees and funding

      Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

      Full-time

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

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £7500International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5820Session code: 1FX02

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

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £7500International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5820Session code: 1FX01

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

      The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
      UK fee: £7500International fee: £0
      AOS/LSBU code: 5820Session code: 1FX00

      The international fee for this course shows as "£0" because this course is not open to international student.

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