Forensic Science (with a Foundation Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS

Course summary

This course has been specially designed for those students who wish to study forensic science but are coming from a non-science background. Please note, the first year of this qualification is delivered by our academic partner institution, Stoke-on-Trent College, and will be taught at their campus. This first year will provide you with the relevant knowledge in biology and chemistry before you progress on to the main degree. Our BSc Forensic Science degree will provide you with practical experience in crime scene processing and photography in our dedicated crime scene house and grounds. You will gain skills in the laboratory analysis of evidence types including fingermarks, trace evidence, footwear marks and digital, Forensic Biology (including analysis of body fluids, bloodstain interpretation, hair analysis and DNA profiling) and Forensic Chemistry (including drug profiling, analysis of explosives and the determination of blood alcohol concentration). A key emphasis will be the interpretation, evaluation and presentation of your findings. Our industry standard facilities include a crime scene house, specialist laboratories and equipment to capture fibre evidence and fingerprinting. You will also benefit from expert practitioner input into your degree through our Staffordshire Police Forensic Partnership. On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Forensic Science


Foundation Year Academic and Digital Skills, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Data Handling, Applied Science, Communicating Science Project Year 1 Introduction to Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Biology, Crime Scene Processing, Case Studies in Criminal Justice, Practical Forensic Scientific Techniques, option module. Options include: Forensics in the Media, Fraud and Forgeries, Detection and Analysis of Drugs Year 2 Designing Research Projects, Analytical Methods in Forensic Science, Biological Methods in Forensic Science, Marks and Traces, two option modules Options include: Firearms Investigation, Forensic Archaeology, Vehicle Collision Investigation, Chemical and Biological Interactions in Forensic Science, Forensic Anthropology in the 21st Century Year 3 Forensic Research Project, Collection and Analysis of Evidence, Expert Witness and The Legal System, Modern Forensics, option module. Options include: Techniques in the Identification of Human Remains, Forensic Advice Clinic, Forensic Field School, Synthetic Chemistry for Forensic Science

Assessment method

Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £6550 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6550 Year 1
Scotland £6550 Year 1
Wales £6550 Year 1
Channel Islands £6550 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Indicative fees are for the foundation year of the course and will increase to the standard fee of £9250 for each year of the course thereafter. For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit
Forensic Science (with a Foundation Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS