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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Forensic Investigation

UCAS Code: 616G

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


including a science subject or Psychology, Excluding General Studies

We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs General Studies is excluded.

Achieve 30-42 level 3 credits at merit/distinction with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Distinction

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language Grade C or 4 or an acceptable equivalent qualification and either GCSE Mathematics or a Science Grade C or 4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


We will accept triple grades achieved from a combination of other BTEC qualifications

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About this course

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Full-time | 2020


Crime scene investigation

This degree focuses on the processes undertaken from criminal investigation and retrieval of evidence, through examination of evidence as a scientist, to delivery of opinion in court. You will understand how forensic science is employed within the criminal justice system and learn how to recover, record and preserve evidence from a crime scene or other incident. You will learn how to ask the questions relevant to investigating a crime, how to examine evidence and photographs and how to present evidence in court.

**Why this course at Marjon?**
• A combination of our crime scene house and science laboratory provides practical experience of the many aspects of crime investigation.
• Specialist interaction means that the degree is supplemented with interesting ‘real-life’ examples.
• Work-related experience provides opportunity to assist in real analytical experimentation.
• Small class sizes give you hands-on experience with equipment and experiments.

**What might I become?**
To work in a career within forensics you would need to undertake further study, specialising within an area of forensic application. You could apply to graduate schemes with the police, civil service, and prison service or undertake postgraduate studies. With this degree, you could follow a career pathway including: crime prevention, victim support, rehabilitation and probation, customs and excise, forensic analytical laboratories, insurance investigation or Crown Court investigation.

**Find out more at Open Day**
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Criminology at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our dedicated onsite crime scene house. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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**Why study at Marjon?**
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018.


Andrew Whittington - Course Lead, Forensic Investigation;
“The degree builds from a basic understanding of crime scene investigation and evidence analysis, to more complex understanding of the crime scene photography and laboratory protocols. Law and court room processes are included to enable an understanding of the presentation of evidence in court. The third-year dissertation provides opportunity for a student to develop their own area of interest.”

1st Year
Criminal Justice Careers
Law and Human Rights
Crime and Criminology
Understanding Research: Theory and Method
Methods in Crime Scene Investigations
Forensic Science

2nd Year
Forensic Biology
Thinking like a Criminologist
Research Methods
Policing and Managing Crime
Forensic Psychology
Crime Scene Photography
Engaging with Employability Criminology

3rd Year
Criminal Psychology
Forensic Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Forensic Management and Recovery Project: Dissertation
Social Psychology of Taphonomy
The Ethical Professional
Profiling and Reconstruction of Crime

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through a variety of tasks including essays, a report on post mortem estimation, a laboratory report, presentations and a practical examination with written component

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