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Forensic Science (with integrated foundation year)

Entry requirements


A level

B-D,E

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

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)

PPP

Scottish Higher

D,D,D,D

T Level

P

Healthcare Science; Science and Health are accepted for this programme.

UCAS Tariff

40

Potential to succeed can be measured in a number of ways including academic qualifications and skills obtained outside academic study such as work experience. You can find out more about the tariff and qualification options from the UCAS tariff table. Please check selection criteria for any additional entry requirements.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Forensic science

Accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and closely aligned to professional standards, the degree is ideal for those who want to study a blend of science, law and investigation. It is unique in its coverage of the criminal and commercial applications of forensic science, opening up a wider range of employment opportunities.

**Course Overview**

You will study a unique approach to Forensic Science, encompassing not only 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. You won't just learn the theory, you'll be doing it in a hands-on session, including investigating complex crime scenes at our mock crime house, through working alongside serving professionals at our award-winning major incident event and applying practical laboratory skills to solving both criminal and commercial investigations in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

**On this course you will...**

- Study on a forensic science degree ranked in the top 10 nationally for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).

- Be supported to engage in real-world research and may end up presenting at national conferences on topics.

- Benefit from our approach to inter-professional and problem-based learning which is recognised for teaching excellence (Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 Finalist).

- Discover how we take an interest in everyone as an individual and students consistently tell us how much they appreciate their individual time with dedicated tutors.

- Study a blend of science, law and investigation, which is unique in its coverage of the criminal and commercial applications of forensic science.

**What you will learn**

On this course 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. 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 working alongside serving professionals at our award-winning major incident exercise and applying practical laboratory skills to solving both criminal and commercial investigations in our state-of--art laboratories.

**Year one**

- Essential University Skills 1

- Essential Biology

- Scientific Investigation

- Essential University Skills 2

- Essential Chemistry

- Environmental Sciences

**Year two**

- Crime Scene Investigation

- Chemistry for Forensic Scientists

- Biology For Forensic Scientists

- Forensic Evidence

- Anatomy and Physiology

- Laboratory Skills for Forensic Scientists

**Year three**

- Forensic Chemistry

- Forensic Genetics

- Science and Justice

- Forensic Taphonomy

- Commercial Applications of Forensic Science

- Exploring Research

**Year four**

- Dissertation

- Miscarriages of Justice

- Death Investigation

- Criminal and Commercial Investigation

- Toxicology

- Advanced Genetics

Tuition fees

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

England
£6,125
per year
EU
£8,760
per year
International
£8,760
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,125
per year
Scotland
£6,125
per year
Wales
£6,125
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Science and Environment

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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.

92%
high
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

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
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

75%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
55%
Course specific equipment and facilities
49%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
D
D

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.

Physical 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.

£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

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.

£23k

£23k

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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UCAS Points: 104-120

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