College To Offer Forensic Science Course

Sun, 2001-04-15 01:00

A local college is set to start training the next generation of forensic scientists.

East Durham College, in Peterlee, will start to offer the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) course to students starting in September 2012.

Jacqui Lee, a Curriculum Director at the College, said: “We decided to offer the BTEC in Applied Science (Forensic Science) due to the demand for science based courses by prospective students. There is also an excellent career progression route in this area of science.”

The BTEC Level 3 is equivalent to three full A Levels and contains a large amount of practical work and forensic investigation including forensic evidence collection and analysis, forensic fire investigation, forensic psychology, road traffic accident investigation and forensic photography.

The course is ideal for students with a keen interest in the sciences. It is mainly laboratory based and focuses on applied biology, physics and chemistry as well as psychology and law.

Successful students could expect to progress to university to study subjects such as biomedical sciences, forensic science, psychology or law.

Ms Lee added: “Employment in the forensic science sector has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last ten years, due largely to advances in technology such as the National DNA Database, and an increased reliance on forensic techniques by police forces for minor crimes.”

For more details on the course please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222 or check out the science courses section of the website.