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Forensic Science with Professional Practice Year

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,E-C,C,C

An A-Level in a science subject is preferred.

80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points. A science subject is preferred.

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

MMP-MMM

A science subject is preferred.

80 - 96 UCAS Tariff points. A science subject is preferred.

UCAS Tariff

80-96

A Level 3 science qualification is preferred.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Forensic science

If you’re interested in a career in forensic science, we have a crime scene for you! A unique mix of biosciences and criminal psychology, our degree course offers you the opportunity for practical forensic processing in our crime scene facility. Technological advances have made the role of the forensic scientist – the expert who collects, preserves and analyses evidence - increasingly important in crime investigation, and also in other fields such as archaeology.

The course starts with an introduction to psychology and the sciences relevant to forensics, followed by more detailed applied forensics including the preparation of evidence for court, pathology, medical physiology and haematology. You’ll also study the most recent advances in DNA analysis, toxicology, criminal psychology, and fire and explosive analysis.

**Professional Practice Year**
This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits; you gain practical experience and build your CV. It's also a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers. There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

**Why choose this course?**
- The Forensic Science team includes international experts in the psychology of criminal behaviour and forensics experts from a variety of operational backgrounds

- Our teaching is rated as ‘Excellent’ by the QAA and the team is part of a highly experienced department that has run biological science courses for over 30 years

- You’ll study in a specialist forensic laboratory, with key laboratory skills incorporated into most of the taught units, especially your final-year research project

- You’ll learn the skills and techniques needed to evaluate a real-life crime scene in our scene-of-crime lab, designed to resemble an 'normal' flat

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Life Sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
D

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