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University of Portsmouth

Criminology and Forensic Studies

UCAS Code: LF34

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

Entry requirements


96-128 Tariff points from 3 A levels.

122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 56.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

29 points from the IB Diploma, with 664 at Higher Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

96-128 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-128

96-128 points from 3 A levels or equivalent.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subjects

Forensic science

Social theory

This professionally-recognised course leads to an understanding of how forensic evidence is used in criminal investigations. Read more at the University of Portsmouth website.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

You will study in one of Britain's largest criminology departments, following a course recognised by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, with access to forensic facilities in the department and through our partnerships with police, probation and criminal justice bodies. These ensure that you learn from current issues and best practice.

MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE

The department has practical facilities including a biology lab and a forensic crime scene examination house, plus partnerships with bodies including Hampshire National Probation Service and Saxony Police. Our award-winning Forensic Innovation Centre allows students and academics from the University of Portsmouth to work alongside practitioners in all areas of police forensic science and associated service delivery.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course is for students interested in the way forensic analysis and criminal investigations work together, and in a career involving close attention to evidence and intelligence.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED

The course includes relevant study visits to destinations including the fingerprint bureau, Fort Cumberland, or a mortuary, and guest talks from career specialists such as fire investigators and forensic odontologists. Placements are available through local partners or Erasmus+, and the course develops practical, transferable skills in analysis, forensic study and research.

AFTER THE COURSE

You will be prepared for a broad range of criminal justice careers where forensic awareness plays a key role, including probation work, scene of crime officers, or for a variety of graduate opportunities.

Modules

In your first year you will study various core units including an introduction to criminology and an introduction to crime scene investigation and forensic science, an introduction to criminal justice and an introduction to psychology for criminologists. In your second year you will study a collection of core units plus choose from a variety of optional units including penology and prison, police, law and community and community justice. In the final year you will study from a selection of units such as fire investigation and hate crime. You will also complete your final year dissertation or major project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a combination of coursework, practical crime scene and forensic laboratory assessments and examinations. These include open, pre-seen papers and closed traditional examinations. Coursework involves seminar papers, presentations, group projects and a 10,000-word dissertation. Full support is given to help you develop the necessary techniques so you'll be able to excel in your assessed work.

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
£13,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social 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.

87%
high
Social theory

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.

Physical, material and forensic sciences

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate
290

Sociology

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

84%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
87%
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?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C
312

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.

Physical, material and forensic 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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
86%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Engineering professionals
7%
Science, engineering and production technicians
7%
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.

Sociology

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Protective service occupations
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

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.

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

£25k

£25k

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.

Social 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.

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

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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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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