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Coventry University

Biological and Forensic Sciences

UCAS Code: CF94

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

to include Biology. Excludes General Studies.

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit of which 15 must be in Biology. Plus GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English, Mathematics and two Sciences.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

to include a minimum of 5 points in Biology at Higher level.

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

DMM

in a Biological Science subject.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Biological sciences

Forensic science

You can learn the science of solving a crime with a Biological and Forensic Sciences degree taught in our new Alison Gingell Building.

This exciting course blends the study of human biology with the rigorous techniques used in forensic laboratories, including analysis of blood, fibres, fingerprints, drugs, documents, DNA and fire/explosives residue. Ideal if you are fascinated by the scientific investigation of crime.

Our experienced staff adopt a ‘Crime Scene to Court’ approach to their teaching, which really helps you to understand forensics, in particular the need to methodically collect samples, analyse them and present the results to the standard required by the courts.

We’re incredibly proud of the course’s excellent student satisfaction ratings – 92% overall and 98% for the quality of teaching. You’ll gain hands-on experience of a range of techniques in biology and forensic science in modern, well-equipped laboratories. You can also engage in multiple placement opportunities and the chance to conduct research alongside our experienced staff or the many professional organisations we have links with – such as Leicester Royal Infirmary, Key Forensic Services Ltd, Nemaura Pharmaceuticals Ltd and West Midlands Police.

**Year 1**

The first year modules will introduce you to basic scientific principles, such as hypotheses development and testing, laboratory procedures and protocols, health and safety and data presentation and analysis across the range of bioscience disciplines studied. The essential bioscience principles begin from the molecular level building up to cellular processes and extending to organism physiology systems.

**Year 2**

This process is continued throughout the second year where we develop your awareness of the structure and function of key biochemical molecules, such as DNA, RNA, proteins, enzymes and carbohydrates. You will also study the biology of cells – creation, differentiation and death; intra and inter cellular communication pathways; protein production and delivery and tissue integration.

**Optional Placement Year**

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on a professional placement.

**Final Year**

As the course progresses, you have the choice to follow themes of either human physiology or microbiology. You can develop your interest in human physiology – studying whole body systems such as cardio-pulmonary, respiratory, reproductive, neurological and/or renal systems – or follow a more microbiological route, by studying prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, viruses, phagocytes, immune responses and epidemiology. In your final year, you can continue the microbiology specialisation by extending the second year module ‘Infection and Immunity’ to the third year module ‘Medical Microbiology’. For human physiology, you would extend the second year specialist module ‘Systemic Physiology’ to the third year module ‘Clinical Physiology’. You can further customise your degree by selecting either the ‘Cancer Biology’ module or the ‘Applied Human Genetics’ module.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Life 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.

83%
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.

Biosciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

81%
UK students
19%
International students
39%
Male students
61%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

Forensic and archaeological sciences

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

91%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

Biosciences

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
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Natural and social science professionals
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

These stats refer to the prospects of graduates from general courses in biosciences. About a quarter go into further study and for those who go into work, bioscience, teaching and finance jobs are the most common types of employment. But you can go into most careers with this kind of degree — the majority of jobs for graduates don’t ask for a particular degree subject - and you will acquire a wide range of skills valued by many employers. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Forensic science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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