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Forensic Investigation

University Centre Peterborough

UCAS Code: F411 | Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

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2.0years

Full-time | 2022

Are you interested in crime, forensic science and policing, but unsure which subject to study? If so, you will cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing and criminal justice.

We will help you to understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic and criminal investigations. We will look at the impact of various crime types on victims and how the police deal with the investigation to bring about justice.

Lectures will take place at University Centre Peterborough and practical sessions take place in science labs at Peterborough College or on the grounds of UCP. You will participate in approximately 16 crime scene investigations which are also assessed as part of your course. In the classroom, you will explore the investigative techniques used by police services, alongside contemporary issues including evidence based policing and crime prevention. You will also gain experience in dealing with a wide range of crime scenes, from burglaries to murders, including scenes of mass disaster and skeletal remains.

Learning about the criminal justice system in the UK, you will find out how your investigation of different crimes can have a significant impact, and how you would need to present your investigative findings within a court of law.

Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene analysis, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefiting from their knowledge, you will have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips. The course has close links with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and we ensure that you learn from industry experts.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

Modules

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

Introduction to Forensic Techniques (15 credits)
Academic Skills (15 credits)
Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits)
Introduction to Policing (15 credits)
Introduction to Fingerprint Techniques (15 credits)
Introduction to Body Fluids and DNA Techniques (15 credits)
Crime Scene Recording (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 5)

Evidence Based Policing and Crime Prevention (15 credits)
Crime Scene Investigation (15 credits)
Major Crime Investigations (15 credits)
Cyber Crime Investigations (15 credits)
Research Methods (15 credits)
Working in the Criminal Justice Sector (15 credits)
Police Investigations (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study. A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study. A full-time student should expect to undertake 30 additional hours per week during term-time.

Assessment methods

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
•50% Coursework
•20% Written Exams
•30% Practical Exams

Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
•50% Coursework
•20% Written Exams
•30% Practical Exams

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester. Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5.The following classifications are determined by the above calculation:

70%+ Distinction
60-69% Merit
40-59% Pass
0-39% Fail

A Forensic Investigation student who has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 has three options.
1.They may choose to accept their foundation degree, with the classification calculated as described above, and cease their studies.
2.Alternatively they may choose to apply for the level 6 BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification based solely on their level 6 credits.
3.A third option allows students to decline conferment of their FdA qualification and continue as an existing student so that both level 5 and level 6 credits are used in the calculation of their BSc (Hons) award. Guidance will be provided to students making this decision.

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