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University of Worcester

Forensic and Applied Biology

UCAS Code: FC41
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

96-104

% applicants receiving offers

78%

Subjects
  • Biology
  • Forensic & archaeological sciences
Student score
83% MED
85% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Not Available
Average graduate salary
£16k LOW
£16.6k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Biology and (Applied Science or Any Science subject or Mathematics or Statistics).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
MMM

BTEC Certificate
DD

International Baccalaureate
24

UCAS tariff points
96-104

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-104 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

78%

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

£8,900

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

A strong practical emphasis runs throughout this course in both mainstream biology and forensic specialist content. You will have access to a range of specialist equipment and facilities, for example our large crime scene house for scenes of crime simulations and geophysics equipment to assist in grave locations in forensic archaeology. As well as everything you would expect from a biology department, you will have the opportunity to develop both laboratory and field-based skills and our forensic practitioners will help you bring theory to life with a hands-on approach.

Modules

Modules include: Interpretation, evaluation and reporting of evidence; forensic archaeology; forensic DNA analysis; biological indicators for crime reporting; crime scene investigation; independent study (double module); cell biology (double module); human genetics; pharmacology and toxicology; integrated studies; medical forensics; molecular genetics; introduction to human anatomy and physiology; introduction to fieldwork in archaeology; introduction to forensic science; research methods; death and burial; aerobiology.

University of Worcester

The Hive Library

As the only higher education institution in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, we have a strong role to play in the region, delivering degree programmes to nearly 10, 000 students. Our campuses are all within walking distance of each other and close to the city centre. Worcester has undergone significant growth over the last few years, doubling our student numbers.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
33%
67%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
45%
55%

Year 1

36%
64%

Year 2

24%
67%
9%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 93%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

86%

Staff made the subject interesting

95%

Library resources are satisfactory

71%

Feedback on work has been helpful

73%

Feedback on work has been prompt

72%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

88%

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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
7% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
56% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
293 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
71% 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 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £16k LOW
Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

10%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are health associate professionals

7%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Things are improving - slowly - for biology graduates, so don't get too worried about the unemployment stats above, as they are normally more encouraging. If you want a career in biology research – and a lot of biology students do - you'll need to take a doctorate, so give some thought as to where you might do it and how you might fund it (the government still funds doctorates for good students). If you think you only want to do a first degree for now, there are jobs for biologists in science and clinical labs and in the health, food and water industries. But you can actually get all sorts of jobs with a biology degree – last year’s biology graduates got jobs in sectors ranging from PR to accountancy.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 89%
Student score 85% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

95%

Library resources are satisfactory

74%

Feedback on work has been helpful

84%

Feedback on work has been prompt

74%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

83%

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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
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
78% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
298 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
44% 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 Not Available
Average graduate salary £16.6k LOW
Graduates who are science, engineering and production technicians

25%

Graduates who are caring personal services

14%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

11%

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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