Forensic Science and Criminology

What is the Course About?

Department: Health and Social Care

Faculty: Wellbeing

BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation alongside Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology.

This qualification is equivalent to three A-Levels with a maximum UCAS tariff of 168 points.

The course is fulltime and has both academic and practical elements. Students will have the opportunity to develop their laboratory skills to enable them to analyse evidence.

Whilst studying at UCM, you will be encouraged to become involved in fundraising and enrichment activities.

What subjects/units/modules* will I study?

  • Principles and Applications of Science

  • Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques

  • Science Investigation Skills

  • Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

  • Applications of Criminology

  • Criminal Investigation Procedures in Practice

  • Psychological Approaches and Applications

  • Health Psychology

  • Criminal and Forensic Psychology

  • Plus other optional units

How can I find out more about the course?

If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.

When will I get a timetable?

Timetables are issued during Induction in September.

Useful links

A quick guide to course fees

Student Awards (Grants)

Free School Meals


International Applications

Student Emergency Fund

What happens once I have applied?

We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) along with all other applicants to the course.

Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.

Popular Courses

Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.

International/UK Applicants

If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/ certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.

What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?

Do I have to attend an ISA?

If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!

What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?

Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.

What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?

If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.

How long will the ISA take?

The ISA will start at 4:30 p.m.

(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)

What can I expect at the ISA?

A presentation about the course and a one to one chat with staff.

What should I wear?

Smart casual, comfortable clothes.

What will I need to bring?

Your Record of Achievement and a smile.

Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?

Please email

What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?

We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to either:

  • make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);

  • make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);

  • suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).

What happens if I get an unconditional offer?

You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.

What happens if I get a conditional offer?

If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).

If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.

What are my progression and career options?

  • Criminal Investigation

  • Psychology

  • Lab Technician

  • Project Management

  • Paralegal

  • Or progression into Higher Education to study further

How will I be assessed?

Five of the mandatory units are externally assessed. The remaining units consist of a variety of assessment methods including: case studies, presentations, assignments and work-based assessments, along with projects, performance observation and time constrained assessments. These assignments will form a portfolio of course work. Practical work is built into the course and many aspects of the course assignments will be based on experience that you have grown and developed throughout.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at C or above including English, Maths and a Science.