This four-year extended degree focuses on the science and investigative techniques required for a career in forensics. The course is also one of the only forensic degree programmes in the country to include an in-depth, one-year foundation course, which enables those without traditional qualifications the opportunity to study a Forensic Science BSc (Hons) degree.
This four-year degree offers an alternative route into the study of forensic science and is an ideal course if you don't have the standard qualifications required for entry to the three-year Forensic Science BSc degree.
The course will teach you an interdisciplinary approach to the study of forensic science and equip you with a range of scientific techniques to examine problems of a biological or chemical nature within the context of forensic science.
You'll join the Level 3 programme, a foundation year run by specialist staff that acts as a bridge between previous education or work experience. By equipping you with the fundamental knowledge of key disciplines, such as biology and chemistry, this foundation year gives you the skills and experience required to successfully complete a Forensic Science BSc (Hons) degree, which constitutes the remaining three years of the course.
During the final three years, you'll study a wide range of challenging and engaging subjects including anatomy and physiology, criminalistics, DNA technology, biochemical toxicology and forensic interference from biological remains.
On completion of your degree, you'll have the skills and qualifications you need to pursue a career in forensic science, or undertake further study or a PhD.
Throughout the course you will be assessed through a range of coursework assignments, online tests, progress tests, presentations and practical reports.
Graduates of the Forensic Science BSc (Hons) course will be eligible to apply for associate membership of the Society of Biology.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may 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.
Other applicants may have Level 3 qualifications such as A level, BTEC Extended Diploma or Access to Higher education qualifications with high UCAS points and grades, but not in the relevant subject areas, eg Biology and Chemistry, which are required to study for BSc programmes in the School of Human Sciences.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2018/19 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module introduces students to key biochemical concepts to provide a foundation for subsequent study in the Applied Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Molecular & Pharmaceutical Science subject areas at Level 4.
The aim of this module is to give students the necessary background to appreciate the structure and function of the key molecules that cells are made of such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. An introduction to the principles of cellular energetics and metabolism will be given, and the maintenance of biological pH buffering systems will be discussed. This will provide suitable grounding for the study of life science subjects at level 4
This module introduces students to key concepts of cell biology and human physiology to provide a foundation for subsequent study of biological subjects at Level 4. The key aims and objectives of this module are to enable students to achieve a fundamental knowledge base of biology which will underpin studies at higher levels. An introduction will be given to the structure of cells and the concept of the cell as the basic unit of life. A range of cell types will be discussed. Following an appreciation of the role of cells in the structure and function of tissues and organs, students will be introduced to the anatomy and physiology of key organ systems in the body.
This module will be introducing important ideas and concepts in fundamental chemistry that will allow students to study scientific subjects at level 4. The module aims to develop students’ understanding of fundamental concepts key to subjects involving the molecular sciences. In addition, skills adjunct to the chemical sciences including numeracy, logical argument, research, referencing and the utilisation of abstract models will be developed.
This module will introduce (i) the basic mathematical concepts needed to succeed on any science degree course; (ii) basic laboratory techniques related to life science modules, designed to support and re-inforce theoretical syllabus content; (iii) study skills to prepare students for future studies. The practical section will reinforce safe practice in the laboratory environment and introduce laboratory record keeping. The mathematics section will be taught using equations relevant to biology and chemistry to encourage connections between disciplines to be made. Supporting material will be available on-line; tutorial sessions will focus on practising mathematical techniques. Formative online pre-laboratory session questions will prepare the students in advance for the practical in question. Formative exercises in the form of mini tests will be carried out during tutorial sessions to reinforce the previous lecture.
In terms of aims, this module will enable students to consolidate their understanding of mathematics, and to increase confidence by extending their use of mathematical vocabulary, definitions and formal reasoning. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and chemical procedures. Particular attention will be drawn to developing study skills, and to broadening students’ transferable skills in time management, writing and studying skills, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from their proposed courses of study. The module will also give students an introduction to the laboratory environment and to simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.
Year 0 of this extended degree includes core modules in biology and chemistry. Following successful completion of this initial foundation year, you will progress on to the Forensic Science BSc, a three-year course that introduces you to the key concepts of life sciences, such as anatomy and molecular biology. As you build on this knowledge, you'll gain skills and expertise and specialise in more technical and niche disciplines vital to forensic science, such as DNA technology and biochemical toxicology.
The first year of this extended degree (Year 0) is a modular course that runs over two semesters. In each semester, all full-time students enrol on four modules. Year 0 can also be studied part-time over two years.
Year 0 (Level 3) core topics include:
Modules at Levels 4, 5 and 6 can be found on the Forensic Science BSc (Hons) course page.
Successful completion of this extended degree opens up a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the field of forensic science, including roles in biomedical science, analytical chemistry and toxicology, as well as postgraduate study and additional specialist training. Many graduates also go on to work in hospital laboratories and pharmaceutical analysis, while others utilise their skills in diverse fields including journalism and teaching.
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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