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University of South Wales

Forensic Science with Criminology

UCAS Code: F4M9
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide

80-112

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Forensic & archaeological sciences
  • Others in law
Student score
80% MED
84% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£17.3k LOW
£16k 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 another Science 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 be in a relevant subject and include 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 another Science 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

100%

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

Would you like to gain an insight into criminal profiling and crime scene investigation, while exploring how and why crimes are committed Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the Forensic Science with Criminology degree allows you to explore your interests in the scientific and forensic investigation of crime, while exploring the nature, consequences and prevention of criminal behaviour. Within our purpose-built forensic science laboratories and unique Crime Scene House, you’ll gain invaluable training in processing crime scenes, analysing a wide range of forensic evidence types and presenting evidence in court. This Forensic Science with Criminology course will develop the practical skills and knowledge to examine crime scene evidence, and explore critical issues in the interdisciplinary field of criminal investigation and criminal behaviour. You’ll be introduced to many traditional fields of crime scene analysis, including the scientific investigations of fires and homicides, plus a range of approaches from the field of chemistry. Within our purpose-built forensic science laboratories and unique Crime Scene House, you’ll gain invaluable training in processing crime scenes, analysing a wide range of forensic evidence types and presenting evidence in court. This Forensic Science with Criminology course will develop the practical skills and knowledge to examine crime scene evidence, and explore critical issues in the interdisciplinary field of criminal investigation and criminal behaviour. You’ll be introduced to many traditional fields of crime scene analysis, including the scientific investigations of fires and homicides, plus a range of approaches from the field of chemistry.

Modules

The Forensic Science with Criminology course takes you on a journey from crime scene to court, experiencing many traditional and specialist fields of forensic investigation, allowing you become an expert both in the laboratory analysis of evidence using techniques derived from the field of chemistry whilst exploring critical issues in the interdisciplinary field of criminal investigation and criminal behaviour which explores research from a range of scientific and social areas. It explores crime scene investigation and the criminal justice sector at introductory levels, followed by analytical and forensic investigations of a wide range of evidence types, leading to you acquiring an ability to provide a full scientific and statistical evaluation of evidence. You will also study the various relationships between professionals in the criminal justice sector, including how forensic scientists work along with the police forensic team and the wider criminal justice sector to achieve successful prosecutions. Year One: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree Introduction to Forensic Science Introduction to Criminalistics Understanding Crime, Criminals and Victims Understanding Criminal Justice Organic Chemistry Mathematics Workshop Key Skills for Chemical and Forensic Scientists Year Two: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree Forensic Evidence Policing Penology: Prisons and Offender Management Analytical Chemistry Spectroscopy Volume Crime Scene Investigation Year Three: Forensic Science with Criminology Degree Critical Issues in Criminal Investigation Comparative Criminology Forensic Microscopy Advanced Analytical Chemistry Fire and Explosion Investigation Research Professional Practice and Employability in Forensic Sciences

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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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 88%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

89%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

80%

Feedback on work has been prompt

94%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Staff value students' opinions

89%

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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
24% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
88% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
346 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
49% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
10% 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 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are caring personal services

10%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

14%

Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Law graduates tend to go into the legal industry, and they usually take similar routes. Jobs are competitive – often very competitive - but starting salaries are good and high fliers can earn serious money. Be aware though - some careers, especially as barristers, can take a while to get into. If you want to qualify to practise law, you need to take a professional qualification – many law graduates then go on to law school. If you want to go into work, then a lot of law graduates take trainee or paralegal roles and some do leave the law altogether, often for jobs in management, finance and the police force. A small proportion – about one in 17 last year – of law graduates also move into another field for further study. Psychology, business and social studies are all popular for these career changers, so if you do take a law degree and decide it’s not for you, there are options.
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