BTEC Nationals Forensic and Criminal Investigation

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Specification
Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation
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Designed as a one-year full-time course or a full two-year programme. Supports progression to HE, an apprenticeship, or entry level employment in Forensics. Content and assessment overlaps with the Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science.

Qualification Summary

Title: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation
Qualification number: 603/0251/3
Guided learning hours: 510
First teaching: September 2017
First external assessment: 2018
Performance tables: Applied Generals (2023,2024,2025)
Total qualification time: 650
Eligible for funding (England): 16-19; 19+ loan; 19-23 entitlement;
Last registration: England - 31 Aug 2026; Northern Ireland- 31 Aug 2026; Wales - 31 Aug 2026;

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Designed to complement other BTEC Nationals or A Levels, to support progression to HE, apprenticeships or employment, in Forensics and Criminology. Content and assessment overlaps with BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science.

Qualification Summary

Title: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation
Qualification number: 603/0246/X
Guided learning hours: 720
First teaching: September 2018
First external assessment: 2019
Performance tables: Applied Generals (2023,2024,2025)
Total qualification time: 930
Eligible for funding (England): 16-19; 19+ loan; 19-23 entitlement;
Last registration: England - 31 Aug 2026; Northern Ireland- 31 Aug 2026; Wales - 31 Aug 2026;

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Specification - Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation
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Designed as a two-year, full-time course. Supports progress to HE, apprenticeships or employment, in the Forensic sector. Content and assessment overlaps with BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Applied Science.

Qualification Summary

Title: Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation
Qualification number: 603/0247/1
Guided learning hours: 1080
First teaching: September 2018
First external assessment: 2019
Performance tables: Applied Generals (2023,2024,2025)
Total qualification time: 1395
Eligible for funding (England): 16-19; 19+ loan; 19-23 entitlement;
Last registration: England - 31 Aug 2026; Northern Ireland- 31 Aug 2026; Wales - 31 Aug 2026;

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BTEC Level 3 Nationals Science Guide
BTEC Nationals Guide in Science
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