BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

Exam Board: Pearson

2 years

Equivalent to: 1 A Level

Course Content:

This is an excellent opportunity to develop Level 3 Science skills across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, however, the emphasis is largely on Applied Chemistry. This two year course will enable you to gain a good understanding of the industrial application of Science and professional roles of scientists in the world of work. A BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma is a practical course. You will study three core units plus the equivalent of three 60 guided learning hours (GLH) specialist units over two years covering a range of topics.

The three core units are:

  • Fundamentals of Science
  • Working in the Science industry
  • Scientific practical techniques

The specialist units will include:

  • Chemical laboratory techniques
  • Forensic evidence collection and analysis
  • Medical Physics techniques


100% coursework. Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction. The BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is equivalent to one A Level and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points. The BTEC Certificate, awarded after successful completion of one year, carries a maximum of 28 UCAS points. 

Students must complete and pass the first year to be awarded a BTEC Certificate and the full 2 years of the course to receive the full BTEC Subsidiary Diploma.

We are aware that Pearsons are currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities are varied, you will undertake practical work for almost all topics. You achieve modules by completing assignments and some time-constrained assessments. The assignments combine practical work, individual research and taught theory, and are based on realistic situations.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively, if you have studied at Level 2, you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework.

You should have achieved a grade 4 or 4/4 in science GCSE.

Course costs:

£10 per year to cover printed materials and Kerboodle subscription (includes the course textbook online). Optional trip costs of approximately £20

Applied Science (Forensic Science) works well with:

BTEC Environmental Sustainability
BTEC Public Services