Analytical and Forensic Science

Gower College Swansea

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)
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Course summary

This course is subject to revalidation This two-year course is suitable for entry to a career in analytical science (e.g. quality control in chemical refineries, environmental studies, healthcare diagnostics) or forensic science (e.g. crime scene analysis, forensic analysis of evidence, DNA fingerprinting). Students can complete a BSc in Forensic Science by studying for an extra year at USW in addition to the FdSc. The course contains traditional chemical, biological and analytical science with case studies and examples taken from forensic science, criminalistics and DNA analysis. Specialist units cover crime scene analysis, forensic psychology and criminology. The course is delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations, simulations, tutorials and role playing. Assessment is through exams, practical write-ups, reports, presentations and practical abilities at crime scenes.

Course details


Year 1 (Level 4): • the forensic sciences • crime scene investigation science • cellular and molecular biology • key skills for analytical and forensic scientists • organic chemistry and health and safety • physical and inorganic chemistry Year 2 (Level 5): • biochemistry and biotechnology • practical skills in forensics and bioanalysis • forensic evidence and the legal system • analytical chemistry (studied at University of South Wales) • work related project

Assessment method

The course is laboratory based and assessment is through exams, practical write-ups, reports, presentation and practical abilities at crime scenes.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code4F10
Institution code G59
Campus nameTycoch campus
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

Please contact the Gower College Swansea International Department at or on +44 1792 284007.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points
A level DD - EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP

CCC at AS Level would be considered subject to interview and relevant academic experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7500 Year 1
England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e: •travel to and from college, or placement •photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks) •printing and binding •gowns for graduation ceremonies * College Bursary - a bursary of £1000 can be received (criteria apply) see website for details Further information for England:, Further information for Northern Ireland:, Further information for Scotland:, Further information for Wales:

Provider information

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Gower College Swansea
Tycoch Road

Clearing contact details

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01792 284284

Additional information

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01792 284000


01792 284400

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01792 284098

Analytical and Forensic Science at Gower College Swansea - UCAS