Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation (Top-Up) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This fascinating and highly practical Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation (Top-up) BSc course is designed to contribute towards your future career as a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO), Police Officer or Forensic Practitioner.

Delivered in collaboration with the City and Islington College Centre for Applied Sciences, this Top-Up qualification builds upon established skills in crime scene examination and forensic analysis, obtained in previous FdSc or similar qualifications. The course enables attainment of the completed skill set that employers are looking for, as well as a qualification recognised by industry leaders.

More about this course

The aim of the Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation course is to prepare you to enter employment within the field of crime scene investigation and forensic analysis. Upon graduation from the course, you'll develop the skills required to work in areas such as crime scene examination, customs and excise, and forensic analysis. 

You'll develop your practical knowledge and crime scene skills through work-based scenarios, mock crime scenes, laboratory investigations and theoretical study based on multiple modules providing a wide range of subjects.

With topics covering forensic identification, toxicology, pathology and anthropology, the course is tailored to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to pursue a variety of careers in crime scene analysis and enable you to succeed.

The course includes practical laboratory sessions as well as the opportunity to participate in role-play scenarios where you will be involved in the obtainment of forensic evidence and its presentation in a mock court. Replica crime scenes will also enable you to gain practical experience obtaining forensic evidence from a range of scenarios, including household theft, fire settings and murder.

Taught by former police and forensic science officers with many years of experience, you will be taught to the high standards expected from employers, in accordance with the skills framework outlined by National Occupational Standards (NOS). You will also gain real-world insights through guest lectures from industry experts.

Our previous students include a World Skills UK Forensic Science Gold Winner and World Skills UK Forensic Finalists. In 2016, 100% of our learners successfully completed the course, demonstrating the highly supportive atmosphere you too can expect.


Assessment methods include coursework and observed practicals, culminating in final examinations. Throughout the course there will be an element of reflective practice in assignments that will help you plan your future career.

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Course type Undergraduate
UCAS code FF44
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a crime scene investigation or forensic science related foundation degree or High National Diploma (240 credits)
  • GCSE English language and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 (or equivalent) or above

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Criminology, Policing and Law Extended degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may also need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modular structure

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time. Please refer to the City and Islington College website for further information.

Modules will include:

  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation: providing sound theoretical and practical skills required for the analysis and examination of complex and specialist crime scenes including cold case reviews, serial investigation advanced crime scene planning, analysis and recording skills will be utilised.
  • Forensic Identification: providing knowledge and practical skills to emphasise techniques employed in the individualisation such as analysis of latent marks, biometric information, anthropology and osteology appropriate to forensic investigations and various methods used in identification of a human being, alive or dead.
  • Death Estimations: providing knowledge of the  processes of decay and decomposition, forensic pathology, forensic entomology and their relationship with time of death estimations.
  • Research Project: Independent Research Project providing an opportunity to gain experience of research in a chosen topic, providing students with the scope to specialise in a particular area of science.

After the course

Upon completion of the course you will be well prepared for a career in crime scene investigation, forensic science, law enforcement or laboratory-based professions. Roles in these sectors include Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO), Post Mortem Technician and Police Officer.

There is also scope for postgraduate qualifications at MSc or PhD levels.

Studying at City and Islington College with London Met

This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and you'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.

You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at College.

At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.

How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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