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University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: F756

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

Entry requirements


64 UCAS points at A2

64 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

64 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

MM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MPP

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

MM

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

MPP

64 UCAS points

64 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

64

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Forensic science

**Course Overview**

- The Forensic Science & Criminal Investigation Foundation Entry Degree is a solid, widely respected route into the highly competitive field of forensic science and criminal investigation.

- Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly enter their chosen Honours degree programme.

- Learning from former CSIs, you’ll develop a broad understanding of forensic science from a legal perspective and, in your second and third years, you’ll get the chance to work alongside local police CSI and scientific support teams. Our strategic alliance with Lancashire Constabulary - the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy (LFSA) - offers a wealth of opportunity for gaining vital experience and practical work placements in real-world operational environments.

- You’ll choose either crime scene investigation or forensic anthropology and follow that stream throughout your study. You’ll learn all aspects of the law relating to forensic science, how to recognise, enhance and recover all evidence types from crime scenes, and how to analyse that evidence in the laboratory.

**Why study with us**

- Our course is mapped against National Occupational Standards for CSIs so you could even start work in the field while you’re studying.

- Guest speakers are brought in to talk about other areas including law, ballistics and DNA, and alumni will talk to you about their career path and how to get on.

- Learn from forensic practitioners who’ve worked at the highest level and from academics involved in the cutting-edge research underpinning and advancing forensic analysis.

**Further Information**

- This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry between the third and fourth years.

- Placement years are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability.

- Experience gained during a study placement often improves final year performance and gives you an advantage when competing for graduate jobs. We support you in preparation for this via the University Careers Team, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and hold practice interviews.

Modules

Year 1: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Introduction to Forensic Science, Introduction to Current Legal Issues, Introduction to Geography and Environmental Management, Investigation Project, Archaeology Project, Key Themes in Archaeology, Professional Policing, Introduction to Engineering Analysis, Introduction to History

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Introduction to the Law and Police Powers, Offences against the Person and Public Order, Investigation Skills 1, Study Skills for Criminal Investigation, Volume Crime Scene Science. Optional modules; Crime Scene Photography, Forensic Anthropology

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Investigation Skills II, Offences Relating to Property & Weapons, Criminalistics, Forensic Practice. Optional modules; Advanced Crime Scene Investigation & Advanced Photography, Forensic Anthropology & Death Science

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Application of Forensic Science, Dissertation. Optional modules - choose one; Fraud, Cybercrime, Major Crime Inquiries, International & Humanitarian Criminal Investigation, and either of Crime Scene Management and CSM Support Module, Human Remains Recovery and Forensic Taphonomy

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Natural 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.

72%
low
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 and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

87%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
51%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

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 and archaeological sciences

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.

£19,200
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Protective service occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

General, applied and forensic sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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