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University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Science (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: F556

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

Entry requirements


72 UCAS points at A2 including Biology or Chemistry

72 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from HL subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DM

Applied Science required

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP

Applied Sciences required

72 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry

72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

UCAS Tariff

72

Including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Forensic science

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. We pride ourselves on creating forensic scientists who are experts in their area. We’re a forerunner in the country for forensic science and you’ll learn from former practicing forensic scientists and CSIs as well as academics who are leaders in their field. Our course is unique thanks to the 3-star accreditation with the Forensic Science Society and we were the first university to have a suite of dedicated crime scene houses. You’ll gain education and training in forensic investigation; the management and processing of crime scenes, law for forensic scientists and the laboratory-based analysis of evidence, leaving you well placed for specialist employment in areas of forensics, chemistry or biotechnology.

There are several opportunities to get experience either in the voluntary sector or through placements at a number of laboratories and workplaces.

If you are interested in a police career, we encourage you to join the Special Constable service. Those thinking of a laboratory career may wish to explore links with local hospital laboratories for work experience and within the School there are several student internships available each year that will allow you to get involved in a novel research project and gain experience of working within a research environment. Archaeologists within the School of Forensic & Investigative Sciences regularly run digs and those with an interest in Archaeology and Anthropology may want to participate and get additional field-work experience.

Our courses are an excellent basis for employment in this competitive sector. Our graduates are at work in all sorts of forensic science settings - as crime scene investigators, police officers, scientific support personnel and intelligence analysts, at home and overseas.

Modules

Year 1: Skills for Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Crime Scene Science, Skills for Forensic Scientists, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Biology for Forensic Scientists, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Bones Bodies and Burials, Elective

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Criminalistics, Forensic Practice, Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Genetics, Law for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Death Science, Forensic Anthropology

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Dissertation (double module), Application of Forensic Science, Forensic Genetics, Advances in Forensic Chemistry. Optional modules (choose one) Forensic Medicine, Forensic Toxicology

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
EU
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

University of Central Lancashire

Preston College

Department:

School of Forensic and Applied 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.

79%
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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
C
358

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.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

8%
Protective service occupations
4%
Teaching and educational professionals
4%
Business, research and administrative 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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical sciences

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

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

£21k

£21k

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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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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