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University of West London

Forensic Science

UCAS Code: F410

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

Pass Access to HE Diploma (minimum of 45 credits at level 3)

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104-120
96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Forensic science

Technological advances in crime detection require highly trained forensic scientists. We aim to meet this need by giving you a thorough grounding in forensic science, incorporating biological and chemical sciences, and the process of criminal investigation.

We are ranked 1st for Forensic Science in London, 21st in the whole of the UK (The Complete University Guide 2019) and achieved 100% of overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019). In addition, all of our 2017/2018 graduates found employment or went into further study within six months of graduating. We have received educational accreditation for both of our degrees from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. We have achieved this by combining cutting-edge facilities with an innovative range of learning methods, including:

• Simulated case-work activities;
• Crime scene practical situations;
• Extensive laboratory work;
• Blood pattern interpretation studies;
• Court presentation scenarios.

We are proud of our crime scene room facilities allowing authentic crime scenarios, including blood pattern analysis, which are an important part of learning Forensic Science at UWL. These have been created so you can apply theoretical knowledge and evidence-gathering techniques within a practical crime scene context.

In addition we offer a range of scientific analytical equipment – including gas chromatography as well as Raman spectroscope and specialised lighting equipment for forensic examination of trace evidence (CrimeLites) which mirror the technology used in industry and forensic science research.
Our course will provide you with a good grounding in forensic techniques to be able to specialise in your chosen area of forensic science and provide you with key skills to support you in a new venture. You will learn transferable skills that can be used not only in Forensic Science but in many other career pathways, including scientific, legal and business.

You will get the chance to spend time working within industry in your final year. This is a valuable opportunity, making you more attractive to potential employers, who often look for candidates with prior experience. Some students have been offered employment as a result of the experience.
We pride ourselves on our personal approach. We understand that the transition to degree level can be life changing and we want to support you in every way we can. Every new student will be assigned a personal tutor, who will be able to provide dedicated support throughout your time at the university.
In addition, we have an annual Forensic Science Student conference – drawing on the expertise of people in industry and forensic research. This is a good opportunity to make personal contact with potential employers.

Please also join us on our social media accounts for regular up-to-date news and inspiration in the field of Forensic Science:
TWITTER: @CSIUWL
FACEBOOK: “Forensic Science at UWL”

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main site - West London

Department:

School of Human 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.

85%
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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

72%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
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.

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