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Staffordshire University

Forensic Science (with a foundation year)

UCAS Code: F413

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,E

AS

A,E

Extended Project

A*-E

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

H5,H6,H6,H6,H6

OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate

D*-P

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*-PP

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*-P

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

PPP

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D*,PP

OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma

D*-P

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*,PP

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

D*-P

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

D*D*-PP

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

D*-P

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

PPP

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

D*-P

UCAS Tariff

48
90%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

This course has been specially designed for those students who wish to study forensic science but are coming from a non-science background. Please note, the first year of this qualification is delivered by our academic partner institution, Stoke-on-Trent College, and will be taught at their campus. This first year will provide you with the relevant knowledge in biology and chemistry before you progress on to the main degree.

Our BSc Forensic Science degree will provide you with practical experience in crime scene processing and photography in our dedicated crime scene house and grounds. You will gain skills in the laboratory analysis of evidence types including fingermarks, trace evidence, footwear marks and digital, Forensic Biology (including analysis of body fluids, bloodstain interpretation, hair analysis and DNA profiling) and Forensic Chemistry (including drug profiling, analysis of explosives and the determination of blood alcohol concentration). A key emphasis will be the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of your findings.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science

Modules

Foundation Year Core modules: Maths and Data Handling, Biology, Chemistry, Applied Science

Year 1 Core modules: Introduction to Forensic Science, Chemical Principles for Forensic Science, Biological Principles for Forensic Science, Crime Scene Documentation

Year 2 Core modules: Methods of Crime Detection, DNA Profiling and Forensic Biology, Methods of Chemical Analysis, Research Skills and Professional Skills

Year 3 Core modules: Independent Project, Investigating and Reporting Crime Scenes, Expert Witness and Legal System

Tuition fees

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

England
£5,850
per year
EU
£5,850
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,850
per year
Scotland
£5,850
per year
Wales
£5,850
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Stoke-on-Trent College

Department:

Law, Policing and Forensics

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.

88%
high
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

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

92%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
97%
Course specific equipment and facilities
71%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
66%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
14%
Science, engineering and production technicians
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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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