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Keele University

Astrophysics and Forensic Science

UCAS Code: FF54

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

To include A level Physics or Maths at grade B or above and A level Chemistry at grade B or above. If A level Maths is presented without A level Physics, then a grade of C or better in AS-level Physics is also required. To also include A level Chemistry or Biology at grade B or above.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

122 UCAS Tariff points including a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. To include sufficient units in Chemistry and/or Biology and Physics and/or Maths. Please contact us for advice.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at grade C (or 4) and Maths at grade C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

To include Higher level Physics at 5 or above or Higher level Maths at 5 or above plus Higher level Physics at 4 or above. To also include Higher Level Chemistry or Biology at 6 or above.

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

DDD

You must also have taken sufficient Chemistry and/or Biology and Physics and/or Maths units, please contact us for advice.

UCAS Tariff

112

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

100%
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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 with time abroad | 2019

Subjects

Forensic science

Astrophysics

At Keele University, we’re different. Nestled in 600 acres of countryside in the heart of the UK, we have a big campus but a small and cosmopolitan community. We’re proud to be ‘University of the Year for Student Experience’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, in addition to having been ranked No.1 in the National Student Survey 2014-2016. This is because it’s more than green and lovely, it’s a place of research and academic excellence too.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Astrophysics and Forensic Science.

Astrophysics at Keele is consistently rated highly in the National Student Survey (No. 1 for Physics/Astronomy in 2016 and 2017, with 100% satisfaction). Combining Astrophysics with Forensic Science allows you to continue following your interests across a broader, multidisciplinary landscape, whilst still providing the core knowledge and skills leading to a degree that is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Astrophysicists seek to understand the universe, from its smallest constituents to the largest possible scales. The language of the universe is physics and mathematics; Astrophysics students study these, along with computational and statistical techniques, and apply their skills to tackling problems as diverse as stellar interiors, black holes and the evolution of the universe itself.
Taking Astrophysics as part of a Combined Honours degree, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of physics and the essential ability to plan investigations, analyse results and present your work. Regular laboratory sessions, including access to our on-campus observatory, enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and develop valuable transferable skills such as scientific writing and programming.

The Combined Honours routes in Forensic Science allow you to tailor your degree studies to your particular interests or career aspirations. Whichever route you choose you will be taught by a mixture of academics and forensic professionals in our modern laboratory and crime scene facilities.

All students who undertake a Combined Honours route in Forensic Science take the same core modules. These focus on the analysis and evaluation of evidence in the context of several different areas of forensic science. The key areas that you will cover will include explosives, arson, genetics, toxicology, geoscience and drugs of abuse. You will be taught using a variety of sessions that are designed to give you an understanding of the theory behind the concepts. These will be followed by practical sessions that allow you to put this into practice.

As part of a Combined Honours degree, Astrophysics at Keele will prepare you for many different careers. Employers value numerate, versatile graduates who can analyse, investigate and communicate. You could take up roles as a research scientist, medical physicist, or enter the space, telecommunications or nuclear industries. Or instead, you may find employment that is not directly related to physics or astrophysics, such as a science writer, chartered accountant or IT consultant.

Studying a Combined Honours route in Forensic Science can open up a range of careers such as those available with the Police, or a position that deals with the the social impact of crime, or a career in a forensic laboratory.
You will also be able to use your degree to pursue a career as a teacher or to go onto further study for a Master's or PhD.

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:

Keele University

Department:

Keele (Central)

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
C

Astronomy

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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
79%
Male students
21%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
2%
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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Natural and social science professionals
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
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.

Astronomy

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Science, engineering and production technicians
14%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Natural and social science professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer - often overseas - every year, you will need a doctorate — so at least a third of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market - their good technical, data and maths skills taking them into IT and business especially. However, 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.

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.

£24k

£24k

£30k

£30k

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.

Astrophysics

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

£24k

£24k

£30k

£30k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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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