Forensic Investigation

Forensic Investigation

Vocational (BTEC etc)

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

This qualification is studied over two years and is equivalent in size to 1.5 A Levels.

Please note: this course cannot be taken in conjunction with Applied Science.

Are you interested in solving crime? Does the chance to investigate a crime, develop a hypothesis about how it was committed, search out evidence and present your solution, really excite you?

If you have an enquiring mind and are interested in how evidence is built up for trial of a crime, then Forensic Investigation is the course for you. As a career, Forensics provides scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations.

This Pearson BTEC course in Forensic Investigation supports further progression to an apprenticeship or entry level employment in the forensics sector. The course is primarily concerned with learning the scientific methods for searching for and examining contact trace material associated with crimes. This material can include:

  • blood and other body fluids
  • hairs
  • fibres from clothing
  • paint and glass fragments
  • tyre marks
  • flammable substances used to start fires


This course builds on your knowledge from KS4 Biology Chemistry and Physics, and hones in on investigative and analytical skills.

You will study six units:

Everyone taking this qualification will study and achieve the four mandatory units, including two units that are externally assessed. The four mandatory units are:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

Learners also study two optional units chosen from a group that includes forensic traffic collision investigation and forensic photography.

The styles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Forensic and Criminal Investigation suite are examinations and set tasks – learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task. Some external assessments include a period of preparation.

Internal Assessment Learners given opportunities to:

  • write up the findings of their own research
  • use case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations
  • carry out projects for which they have choice over the direction and outcomes
  • demonstrate practical and technical skills using appropriate equipment


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: Vocational (BTEC etc)
Exam Board: Pearson

The requirements of the qualification will mean learners develop the transferable and higher-order

skills that are highly regarded by both higher education and employers. For example, carrying out

practical laboratory tasks and planning forensic investigations.

Learners can develop the knowledge and skills required for particular degree courses, including:

• reading scientific and technical texts

• effective writing

• analytical skills

• preparation for assessment methods used in degrees

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers

as contributing to admission requirements for many relevant courses.

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

English 4  |  Maths 4  |  Science 5-4 or 5-4-4 in any combination (if taking Triple award Science)

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum Pass grade in all Year 1 components.


  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335