BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology (Including foundation year)

Would you like to gain an insight into criminal profiling and crime scene investigation while exploring how and why crimes are committed? Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the broad nature of this Forensic Science with Criminology degree opens up job opportunities within forensic science as well as the wider criminal justice sector.

The foundation year is designed for students who do not meet the entry criteria for the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology degree. You’ll start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your scientific skills and knowledge. You’ll take a combination of modules from our forensic science and criminology degrees. Based within our forensic science laboratories and unique Crime Scene House, you’ll gain invaluable training in processing a variety of crime scenes.

 

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
3GC2 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
3GC2 Full-time 4 Years September Glyntaff A

 

The Forensic Science with Criminology degree will explore crime scene investigation and the criminal justice sector with analytical and forensic investigations, to provide a full scientific and statistical evaluation of evidence. You will study relationships between professionals in the criminal justice sector, including how forensic scientists work alongside police forensic teams and the wider criminal justice sector to achieve successful prosecutions.

Year One: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Foundation Physical Science
  • Learning, Communication and Employability in Science
  • Foundation Biology
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Foundation Statistics
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Year Two: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Analytical Methods for Forensic/Chemical Science
  • Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Science
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Criminalistics
  • Understanding Crime, Criminals and Victims
  • Understanding Criminal Justice

Year Three: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Volume Crime Scene Investigation
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Forensic Evidence
  • Policing
  • Penology: Punishment, Prison and Offender Management

Year Four: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree

  • Forensic Microscopy
  • Forensic Literature Project
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry
  • Comparative Criminology
  • Research Professional Practice and Employability in Forensic Sciences
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Investigation

 

Teaching

You will learn through a combination of lectures, discussion based or practical seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes.

Assessment

Students are assessed using a variety 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 highly desirable skills for employment.

Accreditations

This Forensic Science with Criminology degree is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

Facilities

You will train in our Forensic Science facilities where you will learn key skills in our purpose-built laboratories and in our scenes of crime house.

You will gain practical experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation scenarios found in modern forensic analysis laboratories. Comprehensive training in crime scene investigation protocols by conducting casework-based experiments and processing simulated scenarios in our Crime Scene House on campus.

 

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

EE to include a relevant Science subject but excluding General Studies

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass in a relevant subject

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level to include Science or Maths.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Maths or Science Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

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