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University of Cumbria

Forensic and Investigative Science (with integrated foundation year)

UCAS Code: 8T56

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,D-D,D,D

Access to HE Diploma

M:21,P:24

Must be science based and need to pass all 60 credits, 45 at level 3

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

MPP-MMP

Scottish Higher

D,D,D,D-C,C,D,D

UCAS Tariff

56-72

Must have studied Biology or Chemistry or Physics or Applied Science at Level 3

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Forensic science

See yourself as a professional forensic scientist, confidently applying your scientific expertise to criminal investigations from the crime scene to the courtroom?Our course will enable you to do just that. It has been designed by industry professionals so you learn all you need to know to apply chemistry, biology and physics to work at crime scenes, laboratories and in courtrooms.Our foundation course will enable you to acquire the core skills needed to progress onto the full degree programme.**Why Choose University of Cumbria**Youll develop the skills and knowledge highly-valued amongst employers, including the ability to confidently investigate crime scenes, conduct independent laboratory analysis, process and analyse evidence, and prepare statements for court proceedings.Our practical-focused course means you wont just learn the theory, youll be doing it in hands-on sessions including investigating complex crime scenes at our mock crime house and through realistic major incidents.Youll be within 20 minutes of Scotland in one direction and the stunning Lake District National Park now a UNESCO World Heritage site - in the other. Add to that close to the spectacular North West coastline and youll never be stuck for something to do.- Youll use the same facilities operated by professionals in the field - including, DNA technology, and the very latest analytical equipment such as Gas Chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Raman Spectroscopy- Work in state-of-the-art specialist laboratories to develop crucial skills for your future as a scientist- Small class sizes will see you get personal guidance and tutor support- Taught by academic tutors with professional backgrounds in forensics, policing and the criminal justice system- Our tutors conduct and are involved in national research projects- Current forensic practice and our research will inform your learning- Our links with Cumbria Constabulary and other Criminal Justice organisations means you have the opportunity to work alongside them- Flexible modules so you carve the course to suit your future career path- You may be eligible for Associate Membership of the Forensic Science Society when you graduate and student membership whilst studying- Learn more specialised areas of wildlife and environmental crimeYoull work alongside professionals, mirror processes and procedures through mock crime scenes.Thats because our main aim is to prepare you for a future in crime scene investigation or forensic analysis by providing you with the scientific know-how thatll boost your job prospects. But, because you can develop key transferable skills too, such as problem-solving and critical analysis, our course will set you up for careers in other sectors including in the NHS and teaching.

Tuition fees

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

England
£6,000
per year
EU
£6,000
per year
International
£7,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£6,000
per year
Scotland
£6,000
per year
Wales
£6,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Fusehill Street

Department:

Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Forensic and archaeological sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
39%
2:1 or above
25%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

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.

£16,320
low
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

31%
Sports and fitness occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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.

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.

£14k

£14k

£14k

£14k

£22k

£22k

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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