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Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide

80-112

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Subjects
  • Forensic & archaeological sciences
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£17.3k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
B,C,C-C,D,D

To include Chemistry and Biology but excluding General Studies. The A Level entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable  please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DMM-MMP

The BTEC Extended Diploma must include Biology and Chemistry modules. The BTEC entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable  please contact enquiries@southwales.ac.uk.

UCAS tariff points
80-112

To include Chemistry and Biology but excluding General Studies. The tariff entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 80-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,000

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Are you fascinated by the process of conducting DNA analysis to investigate the scene of a crime? Forensic biology is a specialist discipline within the forensic sciences that focuses on evidence of a biological nature. Forensic biologists analyse evidence such as blood, hair and other body fluids to identify unique characteristics such as DNA. They also work with other forensic scientists to investigate crimes against individuals and natural disasters. As one of the first UK universities to offer a Forensic Biology degree, we’ve been nurturing investigative minds for over a decade, and can help you on the path to your career in forensic biology. Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, our exciting and practical Forensic Biology course covers a wide range of sciences, from criminalistics to toxicology, giving you an excellent grounding for a career in forensic biology and forensic investigation.

Modules

The Forensic Biology degree covers a wide range of sciences, from criminalistics to organic chemistry. It will develop the concepts of crime scene investigation protocol. You will also gain scientific knowledge of the chemical and biological analytical techniques used to assist investigations. The first year of your Forensic Biology degree introduces you to the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in biological, analytical chemistry and crime scene investigation employed within forensic investigation. The second year of your Forensic Biology degree will enhance your practical skills and theoretical knowledge through forensic evidence and forensic imaging. You will develop your skills in applying analytical chemistry techniques and your understanding of biological science through molecular biology and medical microbiology. In the third year, you will study advanced modules and critically analyse forensic case studies, as well as forensic microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. You will study toxicology and clinical biochemistry, as well as advanced biological analyses that involve genetics, DNA and biological anthropology. Year One: Forensic Biology Degree Introduction to Forensic Science Introduction to Criminalistics Introduction to Forensic Biology Organic Chemistry Biological Chemistry Mathematics Workshop Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists Year Two: Forensic Biology Degree Forensic Evidence Volume Crime Scene Examination Analytical Chemistry Molecular Biology and an Introduction to Forensic Genetics Metabolism and Biochemistry Medical Microbiology Year Three: Forensic Biology Degree Research Professional Practice and Employability in Forensic Sciences Toxicology Human Molecular Genetics and Forensic DNA Analysis Forensic Microscopy and X-Ray Analysis Human Variation and Forensic Anthropology Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology

University of South Wales

Treforest campus

The University of South Wales, formed by the merger of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales, Newport, is one of the largest in the UK, offering more opportunities and better prospects for students. Students will benefit from the University’s growing reputation as a major university for jobs and employers.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

87%

Feedback on work has been helpful

72%

Feedback on work has been prompt

68%

Staff are good at explaining things

86%

Staff value students' opinions

71%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
4% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
61% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
321 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £17.3k LOW
Graduates who are protective service occupations

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

16%

Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

15%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The statistics here primarily reflect the prospects for forensic science graduates, as the largest group of students to study a forensic and archaeological science. 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. Last year's graduates went into analysis work in labs, technician roles and general research, and for those looking a little wider, IT and management also employed forensics graduates. This is also a good subject for those wanting to work for the police, and if you do, it’s sometimes possible to get sponsorship, so that can be an option to fund your studies and get some relevant – and challenging - experience.
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