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Forensic Science (including foundation year) - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Forensic Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) degree focuses on the science and investigative techniques required for a career in forensics.

This four-year course has a built-in foundation year (Year 0), designed to help you enter higher education if you can’t meet the entry requirements or don’t hold the traditional qualifications you require to enrol on an undergraduate degree. You’ll graduate with the same title and award as students on the standard three-year course.

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More about this course

Our Forensic Science (including foundation year) BSc (Hons) course will provide you with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of forensic science. It will equip you with a range of scientific techniques to examine problems of a biological or chemical nature within the context of forensic science.

The foundation year will equip you with the fundamental knowledge of scientific disciplines including biochemistry, chemistry and biology. We’ll help you develop your study and transferable skills in time management, writing and mathematics, enabling you to start the subsequent years of your study with confidence. There will also be an introduction to the laboratory environment, as well as to the simple biological and biochemical procedures relevant to any science degree.

You’ll share your foundation year with students completing Year 0 from other disciplines, which will allow you to share your ideas and meet people with different academic interests.

During the subsequent three years, you'll be joined by students from the standard three-year course and study a wide range of challenging and engaging subjects including anatomy, physiology, criminalistics, DNA technology, biochemical toxicology and forensic interference from biological remains. To learn more about the content of your final three years of study, visit the Forensic Science BSc (Hons) page.

If, at the end of your foundation year, you find yourself wanting to specialise in a different area of human sciences, there will be flexibility to do so.

Assessment

Throughout the course you will be assessed through a range of coursework assignments, online tests, progress tests, presentations and practical reports.

Professional accreditation

As a graduate of the full degree you’ll will be eligible to apply for associate membership of the Society of Biology.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code F413
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Entry requirements

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

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 32 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) or above (or equivalent eg Functional Skills at Level 2). Applicants who meet the UCAS points criteria but who obtained a D (grade 3) in English and/or Maths at GCSE may be offered a University test in these areas

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example modules include:

Year 0:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Scientific Studies

Year 1:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry (for Bioscience)
  • Laboratory Science

Year 2:

  • Bioanalytical Sciences for Biosciences
  • Criminalistics
  • Human Immunity
  • Metabolism
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology


Year 3:

  • Advanced Bioanalytical Science
  • Biochemical Pathology
  • Inferences from Biological Remains
  • Project
  • Genomics
  • Medical Genetics
  • Work Placement

After the course

Successful completion of this degree will open up a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the field of forensic science.

The course is also excellent preparation for further study at postgraduate level.

What is a degree with a foundation year?

This is a four-year degree course with a built-in foundation year (Year 0). It's the perfect route into university if you don't meet the necessary entry requirements for the standard undergraduate degree. You'll graduate with a full undergraduate degree with the same title and award as those who studied the three-year course.

Additional costs

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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How to apply

Apply to us for September 2019

Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

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 looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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