UCAS CODE F125 FK10
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A foundation year course comprises 120 credits and provides an entry route on to many of our undergraduate courses. This full-time course is usually completed in 1 year.
An undergraduate degree course comprises 360 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over a 3 year period. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 6 years.
A postgraduate degree course comprises 180 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will normally complete these credits over one year. If you are studying part-time, you will complete these over a longer period, usually 2 years.
280 UCAS tariff points, eg, BBC at A-level
Additional criteria: A-levels to include Chemistry and Biology and to exclude General Studies
Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics and English language
We also accept Science Access to Higher Education qualifications, you will need to Pass with 18 Level 3 credits in Science/Mathematics including Chemistry and Biology units awarded at Distinction.
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Our Forensic Science degree is highly practical, scientifically challenging and accredited by the Forensic Science Society
Our forensic science degree is based on providing you with a strong grounding in analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, molecular biology and DNA analysis, as well as exploring the scientific and mechanistic approaches to crime scene investigation, the analysis of a wider range of evidence types, court room skills and interpretation of results – excellent skills to ensure you are eminently employable in a wide range of analytical and forensic sectors after graduation.
We were one of the first universities to offer undergraduate forensic science degrees and is well placed to offer you an excellent education in this field using a hands-on practical approach, where you will experience the use of state-of-the-art instruments used widely within the industry for evidence examination. Many of our graduates are now employed with leading forensic service providers. A strong chemical sciences focus within the course provides you with the skills and knowledge to work in allied scientific industries and you should also be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC) upon graduation.
This forensic science degree will involve about ten hours in lectures and small group tutorials, and up to ten hours of practical work each week.
You can opt to study by flexible/part time learning allowing you to take 60 credits of the full-time programme each year, meaning your studies will be conducted over six years. Timetabled sessions will take place throughout the week.
Students are assessed by a combination of different approaches including end of year examinations, in-term tests, practical and laboratory skills assessments, written essay-style coursework, online short answer assessments, laboratory reports, simulated case work files, preparation of witness statements, data analysis exercises, mock court sessions and oral presentations.
Many of the tasks and assessments you will complete have transferable and employability skills deeply embedded within them including independent learning, working as part of a team, numeracy, planning, organisation and communication skills, as well as allowing you to develop professional skills for practice in forensic science.
98% of our Forensic Science graduates are employed or in further study 6 months after graduation (Destination of Leavers Survey 2011).
Students on our forensic science degree will gain an excellent portfolio of practical skills that are in demand by employers, plus you will be trained using the same instruments and techniques as practising forensic scientists, which will give you an advantage when applying for graduate positions.
To increase your employability, you may be eligible to spend a year working in industry mid-way through the course, which is an excellent way to expand your range of skills.
The skills and knowledge of our forensic science graduates are highly desirable and can be used in other scientific areas such as the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, or in postgraduate study such as Masters, Doctorate and fast-track medicine. Career opportunities for our graduates have been very good, gaining posts all over the world in forensic laboratories, crime scene investigation teams, toxicology, biomedical and environmental laboratories, police forces, fingerprint bureaus, insurance investigation, and health and safety.
The BSc (Hons) Forensic Science course is accredited by The Forensic Science Society in three component standard areas:
Work Placement Opportunities (courses FK10 and F413) are very limited, and applicants are advised to make an early application. We are unable to guarantee work placements. Applicants who accept a place on the above courses but are not successful in securing a placement will be able to continue their studies by transferring to the 3 year course after completion of the second year.
Our Forensic Science students will be trained in new, vibrant and modern facilities where you will learn key skills in brand-new purpose-built laboratories and a scenes of crime house.