Bournemouth University

Forensic Science (with Foundation Year) Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course will prepare you to work in a forensics or related environment. At the end of the two years study you will have sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to start work; however an additional third year on a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree would place all your knowledge and skills developed to good use in the scientific field.

Year one lays the foundation for the units in year two and potentially year three. The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. You will be required to research current topics in your area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help you understand how best to achieve this.

There is no work placement requirement, although there is a Work Related Project in year 2 which may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation on a real-world project.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge you will need in the forensic field.

Course details


Year 1: Introduction to the Forensic Process and Law, Fundamental Chemistry, Practical Laboratory Skills, Mathematics for Science, Academic Writing Skills, Essential Biology and Physiology. Year 2: Professional Development Portfolio, Criminal Investigation Protocols and Procedures, Work Related Project, Forensic Evidence and the Legal System, Forensic and Criminal Psychology, Forensic Analytical Methods.

Assessment method

During each module, students will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment. Assessment of all modules will be by both assignments and exams. All modules are designed to enable students to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to their employment within the Forensic Science industry and to encourage students to engage in critical reflection.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A Level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Candidates will normally be expected to present passes at Grade C or above in at least three other subjects (Double or Triple Science) at GCSE level or equivalent; passes at Grade C and above in English and Mathematics will be normally expected.

Applicants should either be young learners aged from 18 to 21 who have not engaged in post-16 education but whose experience since leaving full-time education may have helped to equip them for further study. Alternatively, either applicants aged over 21 who are mature learners with no formal qualifications or learners with A Levels (or equivalent) which were obtained more than three years ago are welcome to apply. It is desirable for applicants to have achieved a grade C (4) or greater in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,200 Year 1
EU £8,200 Year 1
International £14,500 Year 1
England £8,200 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,200 Year 1
Scotland £8,200 Year 1
Wales £8,200 Year 1

Additional fee information

The fee for the foundation year is £6,000 for UK/Channel Islands/EU students; £14,500 for non-EU students.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
BH12 5BB

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