New Criminology and Science Programmes Launched

Our Academic Studies department has launched a range of new courses to satisfy inquisitive minds with a passion for science – for both School Leavers and University-level students.

For School Leavers

Students currently in Year 11 now have the option to apply to one of two innovative new courses.

Our new Extended Diploma in Forensic Science is equivalent to three A Levels and is likely to be a hit with students who enjoy science and the study of crime, and want to apply their skills in a fascinating way – from crime scenes to police laboratories.

For those students with a particular interest in crime and justice, the new Diploma in Criminology is also open to applications and can be studied alongside two A Levels. This course covers all stages of a criminal investigation, from the scene of a crime to the presentation of the facts in court and more.

Both courses set students off on an exciting career pathway, as well as a route into university or to our own Fast-Track BA (Honours) Degrees in Criminology at University Centre Farnborough.

Head of Science and A Levels, Emma Watkin, is excited about the new courses. She said:

“We’ve been listening to the needs of our students and have chosen to introduce these courses to give future students a more specialised approach to the subject of crime and investigation. Our new students can now learn the skills needed to carve a career in a dynamic field which is always developing new techniques and technologies.”

“Students who have already made an application to the College, or elsewhere, are very welcome to apply to these courses and visit us to find out more.”


For University-level Students

Our University Centre is also excited to announce two new Higher National qualifications (HNC and HNDs) in Applied Biology and Applied Chemistry. These two subjects are designed for A Level and college students to progress into, but are also expected to be popular with mature students currently on an Access to Higher Education programme. Equivalent to the first year of a degree, the new courses can also be ‘topped-up’ to a HND and subsequently a full degree. This gives new students an alternative route into university-level qualifications by studying year-by-year, earning qualifications as they go.

Education Director, Wendy Funnell, is a firm believer in expanding the College’s Science courses. She said:

“Our reputation for teaching A Level Sciences and BTEC Applied Science is already excellent, thanks to our small class sizes and outstanding tutor support. We are therefore delighted to continue the success story with these new higher level qualifications.”


School students with an interest in Science may also be interested in the College’s existing Biology, Chemistry and Physics A Levels, as well as the three-A Level-equivalent BTEC in Applied Science.

Adult students looking to return to education and pursue a career in Science also have the option of studying an Access to Higher Education Diploma. The course brings students who missed out on a formal qualification at college up to speed on university-level study.

Applications can be made online for all courses to start in September, 2018.

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