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Kingston University

Forensic Science

UCAS Code: F410

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Two Science A2s, to include Biology and/or Chemistry, with minimum of grade C or above. Other Science subjects considered as second science include Physics and Mathematics

Can be considered in combination with other Level 3 qualifications e.g. A2's in different subjects.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30,P:0

Accepted Access to HE diplomas include: Science Applied Science; Biological and Health Science; Health and Human Science which must include Biology units Equivalent of 112 UCAS points to include a minimum grade of Merit in all Biology and Chemistry modules.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27

To include a minimum of 5 in Higher Level Biology and/or Chemistry as well as 5 in Standard Level English and Maths

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points to include Biology and/or Chemistry, Applied Science, Physics or Mathematics at a minimum of H3.

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

DMM

Accepted Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma or Diploma topics accepted as subject specific: Applied Biology, Applied Science, Applied Science [Forensic or Medical Science] which must include Biology and chemistry units (e.g. Biomedical Science pathway or Analytical and Forensic Science pathway)

Equivalent of 112 UCAS points to include Chemistry and/or Biology, Physics or Mathematics at grade C.

UCAS Tariff

112

UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. General Studies not accepted.

86%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

**Reasons to choose Kingston**
– This course received 92 per cent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2018).
– We have cutting edge facilities in DNA analysis, archaeology, questioned documents, toxicology and drug confirmation. Our equipment and instrumentation are based on those used in real life casework examinations, we also have a designated crime scene house.
– You’ll graduate with an integrated knowledge of scientific disciplines and strong analytical abilities – highly sought after by employers.

**About this course**
If you’re interested in the application of science to criminal investigations, this course is ideal. It explores the collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific
evidence. Case studies and fieldwork cover every aspect of investigating a crime scene. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the major branches of biology and chemistry and develop laboratory, IT, numeracy and study skills.

You’ll study crime scene processing, forensic archaeology, drugs, toxicology, DNA, body fluids, entomology, fibres, fire investigation and ballistics. Specialist topics include blood pattern analysis (BPA), expert witness training, counterfeits and forgeries, and the analysis of trace evidence. An introduction to criminal law includes cross examination in a mock courtroom setting.

Modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1: LS4001 - Genes, Cells and Tissues, LS4002 - The Biochemical Foundations of Life, LS4003 - Scientific and Laboratory Skills, LS4005 - Introduction to Forensic Science.

Year 2: LS5006 - Research Methods and Topics in Forensic Biology, CH5008 - Crime Scene, Evidence and Law, CH5006 - Analytical Science.

Year 3 core modules: LS6013 - Biological Evidence – Advanced Techniques, CH6010 - Forensic Chemistry and Trace Analysis, LS6014 - Project, CH6004 - Project.
Year 3 optional modules: LS6012 - Forensic Archaeology, CH6007 - Advanced Analytical Science, CM6017- Global Terrorism and Transnational Crime.

Assessment methods

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals using specialist teaching areas such as our scene-of-crime house, private bone collection and state of the art analytical laboratories.

Forms of assessment include end-of-module exams, coursework exercises, laboratory reports, and presentations.

Tuition fees

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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:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Applied and Human Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical, material and forensic sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£20,500
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
0%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related 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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