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Bournemouth University

Forensic Science (with Foundation Year - Wiltshire College & University Centre, Salisbury campus)

UCAS Code: 412F

Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs in English, Science and Maths (grade C/4) or equivalent.

UCAS Tariff

32

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

Forensic science

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course will prepare you to work in a forensics or related environment. At the end of the two years study you will have sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to start work; however an additional third year on a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree would place all your knowledge and skills developed to good use in the scientific field.

Year one lays the foundation for the units in year two and potentially year three. The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. You will be required to research current topics in your area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help you understand how best to achieve this.

There is no work placement requirement, although there is a Work Related Project in year 2 which may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation on a real-world project.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge you will need in the forensic field.

Modules

Year 1: Introduction to the Forensic Process and Law, Fundamental Chemistry, Practical Laboratory Skills, Mathematics for Science, Academic Writing Skills, Essential Biology and Physiology. Year 2: Professional Development Portfolio, Criminal Investigation Protocols and Procedures, Work Related Project, Forensic Evidence and the Legal System, Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Forensic Analytical Methods.

Assessment methods

During each module, students will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment. Assessment of all modules will be by both assignments and exams. All modules are designed to enable students to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to their employment within the Forensic Science industry and to encourage students to engage in critical reflection.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£6,000
per year
England
£6,000
per year
EU
£14,500
per year
International
£14,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wiltshire College - Salisbury

Department:

Department of Life and Environmental Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Forensic science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic science

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

82%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Forensic science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,500
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
40%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

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