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Bristol, University of the West of England

Forensic Science (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: F41F

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

Entry requirements


A Pass in a science subject at AS or A2. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.

Level 3 credits in science.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C / 4 or above in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level two Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.

A pass in a higher level science subject.

A minimum of O4 in a science subject.

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

PPP

To include six units in a science subject.

UCAS Tariff

48
80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

BSc(Hons) Forensic Science (with Foundation Year) is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. It was designed with input from professional forensic scientists to give you a deep understanding of the way science is used to investigate crime.

With a strong emphasis on problem-solving and communicating scientific findings, you’ll learn about everything from crime scene investigation and laboratory analysis, to interpreting, evaluating and presenting evidence. You’ll study foundation year modules with students from other biological, biomedical and environmental science courses so you can switch to another course if your interests change.

Explore forensic instruments in our industry-standard laboratories. Apply your scientific knowledge at simulated crime scenes in our specially-adapted Crime Scene House. Present evidence and respond to questions in our mock courtroom.

Guest lectures from inspirational professionals will give you insights into specialist topics – and you can tailor the degree to suit your specific interests. You’ll be encouraged to do summer internships and placements, and you can apply to spend a year studying abroad.

The knowledge and skills you’ll gain will open up lots of career paths. You could work with forensic science providers or the Police, or as a laboratory analyst. Many students do postgraduate study, particularly in toxicology, forensic anthropology, osteology and archaeology. Your analytical approach to problem-solving will be just as valued in other sectors, like teaching or the legal profession.

The Uni


Course location:

Frenchay Campus

Department:

Department of Applied 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.

85%
med
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

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

96%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
85%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
51%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Science, engineering and production technicians
16%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Public services and other associate 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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