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Glasgow Caledonian University

Forensic Investigation

UCAS Code: F410

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C

A level: CCC including Chemistry, plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

IB Diploma: 24 points must include Chemistry at Higher Level

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3

ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 including Chemistry, plus English and Maths at Ordinary Level O2

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

MMM

Year 1: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Forensic/Applied Science (must include Chemistry) at MMM Year 2: BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied/Forensic Science (must include Chemistry) at DDM

Year 1: HNC Applied Science or other Science subject including Chemistry with B in Graded Unit

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C

SQA Higher: BBBC including Chemistry, plus Nat 5 English and Maths

UCAS Tariff

96-102

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84%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

Study BSc Forensic Investigation and produce high quality evidence that can be used in a court of law. You will benefit from our investment in state-of-the-art chemistry and biology labs where you will learn the scientific methods used to investigate and solve crimes.

Graduate with a Forensic Investigation degree and you will have the appropriate legal background in criminal and environmental law needed to become a forensic investigator. Our graduates are in demand in industries such as forensic science, environmental protection, pharmaceutical, food safety and anti-counterfeiting. Graduates also go on to research and development for the chemical industry, high school level teaching, masters study and some go on to become Chartered Chemists.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£12,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Glasgow Caledonian University

Department:

Engineering

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Forensic and archaeological sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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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.

74%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
13%
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.

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