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University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Science

UCAS Code: F410

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

Entry requirements


96 to 112 UCAS points at A2 including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

96 to 112 UCAS points including 15 level 3 credits in Biology or Chemistry

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.

Pass IB Diploma including 96 - 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects including HL Biology or Chemistry

96 - 112 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

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including acceptable Chemistry and Biology units

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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including acceptable Chemistry and Biology units

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

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BTEC Applied Science from 2016 - Must include 6 of the following BTEC modules at Merit - Principles and Applications of Science I, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Laboratory Techniques and their Application, Principles and Applications of Science II, Investigative Project, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infection, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques, Industrial Chemical Reactions, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science, Materials Science, Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation BTEC Applied Science pre 2016 - Must include 6 of the following modules at Merit - Fundamentals of Science, Scientific Investigations, Scientific Practical Techniques, Mathematical Calculation for Science, Using Statistics in Science, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biochemistry and Biomechanical Techniques, Microbiological Techniques, Chemistry for Biology Technicians, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science Techniques

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

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BTEC Applied Science from 2016 - Must include 6 of the following BTEC modules at Merit - Principles and Applications of Science I, Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques, Science Investigation Skills, Laboratory Techniques and their Application, Principles and Applications of Science II, Investigative Project, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Diseases and Infection, Applications of Inorganic Chemistry, Applications of Organic Chemistry, Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques, Industrial Chemical Reactions, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science, Materials Science, Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis, Forensic Fire Investigation BTEC Applied Science pre 2016 - Must include 6 of the following modules at Merit - Fundamentals of Science, Scientific Investigations, Scientific Practical Techniques, Mathematical Calculation for Science, Using Statistics in Science, Physiology of Human Body Systems, Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction, Biochemistry and Biomechanical Techniques, Microbiological Techniques, Chemistry for Biology Technicians, Genetics and Genetic Engineering, Practical Chemical Analysis, Biomedical Science Techniques

96 to 112 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

96 to 112 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

96-112

Including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science. Our typical offer is 96 to 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Forensic science

**Course Overview**

- Explore the science of investigation, learning the skills to collect, analyse and interpret evidence. It’s a highly specialised course, designed to put you on a high-impact career path.

- We are one of the few universities in the UK with the experience, facilities and industry connections to offer such a professionally relevant programme in forensic science. Here, you’ll learn from experts in their fields, whether seasoned CSIs or leading academics.

- The course is built around three core topics of forensics – investigation, biology and chemistry – with a range of options to help you steer your studies toward your strengths and interests. You’ll learn the theory and practice of forensic investigation, crime scene processing and laboratory-based analysis.

- With our own crime scene houses and professional-standard labs, you’ll develop workplace-ready skills. And, thanks to our partnership with Lancashire Constabulary, you could even get the chance to shadow a professional forensic scientist in an operational environment. So, by the time you graduate, you should have everything you need to pursue a future as a forensic scientist.

**Why study with us**

- This course is ranked 1st in the North West and in the UK’s top 10 (Complete University Guide 2020)

- Forensic and Archaeological Sciences are 1st in the North West for overall student satisfaction, teaching quality and academic support - National Student Survey (NSS) 2019.

- We have joined forces with Lancashire Constabulary to create the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy, a ground-breaking partnership that gives our students the chance to shadow operational CSIs at crime scenes.

**Further Information**

There are three core topics that run throughout the course, and others which are options during the first and second years:

- **Forensic Investigation** involves the management and analysis of crime scenes, the collection of forensic evidence and its analysis by means of methods such as fingerprinting, footwear impressions, document analysis, tool marks, forensic photography, glass fragment analysis, trace evidence, body fluids, hair and fibre analysis and ballistics.

- **Forensic Biology** includes topics such as the identification of body fluids, forensic medicine, forensic entomology and DNA profiling, the identification and analysis of molecular genetic variation which can be used to match body fluids such as blood, semen or saliva to individuals, or to carry out paternity analysis.

- **Forensic Chemistry** examines a variety of compounds from narcotics to paints and accelerants, using chemical and physical methods to characterise and match trace samples.

- **Forensic Anthropology** is an option in years one and two and involves the study of the skeletal remains in order to determine a profile of a deceased individual as well as aspects of decomposition and burial.

Modules

Year 1: Compulsory modules; Crime Scene Science, Skills for Forensic Scientists, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Biology for Forensic Scientists, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Bones Bodies and Burials, Elective

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Criminalistics, Forensic Practice, Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Genetics, Law for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Death Science, Forensic Anthropology

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Dissertation (double module), Application of Forensic Science, Forensic Genetics, Advances in Forensic Chemistry. Optional modules (choose one) Forensic Medicine, Forensic Toxicology

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
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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