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Staffordshire University

Forensic Science (with a placement year)

UCAS Code: F416

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Other A Level combinations possible to achieve 112 points. Minimum of 2 A Levels, can be combined with other Level 3 qualifications eg. AS levels/Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

Access Pass Access with 15 credits at Pass Some courses require credits in specific subject areas.

Can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 points

HNC (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

HND (BTEC)

P

May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of level 4. A transcript will be required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Made up of 6 components - usually comprising of 3 subjects at 'higher level' and 3 at 'standard' level. Opportunity to add on to points with extended essay and theory of knowledge. All the above attract UCAS points. Potential to meet the points by not passing all six component of qualification

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D*

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

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

D*D*

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

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

DMM

Grade combinations below 112 points considered when combined with other Level 3 qualifications including AS and Extended Project to achieve 112 points

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve 112 tariff points

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers.

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required.

UCAS Tariff

112

We welcome a wide range of qualifications and qualification combinations. We assess each application individually, taking in to account any experience and skills you may have in your chosen field. Don't worry if you can't see your specific qualification listed, just contact our team of experts on 01782 294400 or email us at enquiries@staffs.ac.uk for further advise

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Forensic science

Does the prospect of unravelling a crime scene’s mysteries excite you? Our Forensic Science degree, accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, is designed to give you the skills to succeed in a fascinating and vital sector.

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.

This version of the course also provides you with the opportunity to complete a work placement between the second and third years of the course - our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

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

Modules

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: Placement year

Year 4 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:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)

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.

83%
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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
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

88%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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
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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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