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University of Cumbria

Forensic Science (with integrated foundation year)

UCAS Code: 8T56

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,D-D,D,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:21,P:24

Must be science based and need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

MPP-MMP

Scottish Higher

D,D,D,D-C,C,D,D

UCAS Tariff

56-72

Must have studied Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Applied Science at Level 3

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Forensic science

**Course Overview**

Our BSc Forensic Science (with integrated foundation year) accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences will enable you to study a unique approach to Forensic Science encompassing not just the criminal aspects of the profession but also the wider remit of science and justice in both the public and private sectors. Designed by industry professionals, you will develop the skills and knowledge highly-valued amongst employers, including the ability to confidently investigate crimes, conduct independent laboratory analysis, process and analyse evidence and prepare statements for court proceedings.

Our practical-focused course means you won't just learn the theory, you'll be doing it in hands-on sessions - including investigating complex crime scenes at our mock crime house, through realistic major incidents and applying practical laboratory skills to solving both criminal and commercial investigations determining authenticity and provenance.

**Why Study at University of Cumbria**

- Use the same facilities operated by professionals in the field - including, DNA technology, and the very latest analytical equipment such as Gas Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Raman Spectroscopy

- Work in new, state-of-the-art specialist laboratories to develop crucial skills for your future as a scientist

- Taught by academic tutors with professional backgrounds in forensics, policing and the criminal justice system, who bring their invaluable, first-hand experience to their teaching

- Our tutors conduct and are involved in national research projects, which will enhance your learning and ensure it is up-to-date

- Small class sizes mean we provide you with personal guidance and support

- Opportunity to work alongside professional organisations, including Cumbria Constabulary and other Criminal Justice bodies, thanks to our close working relationships across the sector

- Work shadow professionals in mirroring processes and procedures used in crime scenes, for invaluable first-hand experience

- Flexible modules so you can carve the course to suit your future career path

- Eligible for Associate Membership of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences when you graduate and student membership whilst studying

You'll study on our friendly Fusehill Street campus with access to great facilities, including modern student spaces and our new £3.5 million STEM laboratories.

You will be a short walk from the centre of the historic, bustling, student city of Carlisle and within easy reach of the stunning Lake District National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage site - and Scotland. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and you'll never be stuck for something to do outside of your studies.

We offer all of this because our main aim is to prepare you for a future in crime scene investigation or forensic analysis by providing you with the scientific know-how that'll boost your job prospects. But, because you can develop key transferable skills too, such as problem-solving and critical analysis, our BSc Forensic Science will set you up for careers in other sectors including in the NHS and teaching.

Tuition fees

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England
£6,000
per year
EU
£6,000
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
43%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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C
D

After graduation


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£16,320
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
33%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

31%
Sports and fitness occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians

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