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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Forensic Science (including Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: 7F28

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

Entry requirements


A level

E,E,E

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

48 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

PPP

48 UCAS Tariff points

48 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

48

Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed. The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Forensic science

From sharp force trauma to spectra, from bones to bugs... Wrexham Glyndr University will prepare you for an exciting career in science.This degree has been designed to provide a detailed knowledge of numerous scientific disciplines and how they can be applied to investigate a wide range of crimes. The programme has been tailored to train students to become competent and skilled scientists, able to conduct analysis of materials, interpret complex results, and present their evidence as expert witnesses.With a strong practical focus, this course will train students in a wide variety of fields, including crime scene investigation, biology and chemistry. You will use our dedicated laboratories, crime scene house, and taphonomic facility (body farm) to test and hone your scientific skills.This programme is among the ones with the longest history in the School of Applied Science, Computing and Engineering. We also have long-term collaboration with regional stakeholders, including North Wales Polices and several analytical companies to provide students with opportunities to perform frontier research and publish papers.

Modules

The course covers the three key elements of forensic science, namely: the search and recovery of evidence; biological (including DNA), chemical and physical analysis; and the presentation of evidence in court. The course is highly practical which equips students with all the skills needed for career development.

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to a range of scientific concepts and methods which underpin biological sciences. You’ll gain a thorough training in laboratory skills and will develop your analytical and mathematical skills. Students will be encouraged to develop their own abilities in science, with a basic bank of knowledge across the main scientific areas.

MODULES

Introduction to biosciences
Laboratory and Field Skills in Biology (Biosciences)
Introduction to Experimental Design and Mathematical Analysis (Biosciences)
Introduction to Science

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Introduces a broad range of scientific knowledge and skills covering mathematics, statistics, biology and chemistry etc. Meanwhile, the students are also educated with fundamentals in forensic science, criminal justice and crime scene investigation. Intensive practice in both lab and crime scene house is an important part of this year.

MODULES

Cell Biology
Introduction to Chemistry
Laboratory Chemical Analysis
Maths and Statistics for Science
Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice
Crime Scene Investigation

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Builds on and expands your portfolio of study, introducing further strategies of crime scene investigation, skills in advanced instrumental analysis and contemporary knowledge in forensic biology. Both hands-on experience and research methodology will be emphasised.

MODULES

Forensic Biology
Analytical Methods
Anatomy, Pathology and the Forensic Examination of Human Remains
Instrumental Analysis
Laboratory Instrumental Analysis
Forensic Research

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year leads students into specific areas in forensic science, including taphonomy, drugs and toxicology, and cross examination in court etc. You will carry out a research project in a field of your choice.

MODULES

Forensic Taphonomy
Drugs and Toxicology
Science in Court
Forensic Investigation of Mass Fatalities
Forensic Research Project

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

A broad range of assessment methods are used; these include task-based exercises, crime scene and courtroom scenarios, oral and poster presentations, essays and laboratory reports, and written exams. Each module is assessed by a variety of methods, enabling students to display their full potential. A project dissertation will form one of the final parts of your assessment.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedbacks given to students.

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of Social and 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.

75%
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

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
60%
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

70%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
60%
Course specific equipment and facilities
70%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

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.

88%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

9%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Sports and fitness 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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

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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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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