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Bournemouth University

Forensic Biology

UCAS Code: F3B7

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

Entry requirements


102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff

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

D*D

104 tariff points (Grade D*D)

We accept this qualification as part of the overall tariff.

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

DMM

112 tariff points (Grade DMM)

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent

We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

87%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Forensic biology

This degree is taught by leading academics, experienced practitioners and a range of professional guest lecturers, will give you a comprehensive grounding in forensic biology.

To ensure you graduate with a broad set of forensic skills you’ll take part in invaluable lab and fieldwork experience, including mock crime scenes and disasters, and you’ll use sophisticated lab and field equipment to collect and analyse biological evidence, write detailed logs and reports, and even collaborate with staff on current forensic research projects.

You’ll get to pick many of the subjects you study, forging a curriculum that favours your career goals, and in year three you can choose to complete a five or 30-week placement, at home or overseas, to strengthen your CV and improve your chances of gaining employment after you graduate.

Our graduates have gone on to work in positions including Collision Investigators, Biological Scientists, Junior Forensic Examiners and Biochemists to name a few.

Modules

You will study a range of units including AAFS study skills, cell biology, chemistry, diversity of life, human anatomy and physiology, introduction to forensic investigation, advanced cell biology, biochemistry, crime scene, forensic law and practice, forensic science, advances forensic science, advanced topics in genetics and an independent research project along with a number of optional units.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Bournemouth University

Department:

Department of Archaeology and Anthropology

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.

76%
med
Forensic biology

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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
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

82%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

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.

£20,500
high
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates - they make up over three quarters of the group. While there are not a lot of jobs available in forensics itself just at the moment, reflected in the overall unemployment rates for forensic science graduates, there are still jobs for graduates from these subjects as they learn useful analysis techniques that some employers can find in short supply. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, business roles and management also employed forensics graduates. Some graduates join the police with this degree and that can be a good source of sponsorship and work experience.

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