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.
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
The course is laboratory based and assessment is through exams, practical write-ups, reports, presentation and practical abilities at crime scenes.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Tycoch campus|
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Please contact the Gower College Swansea International Department at http://www.gcs.ac.uk/international or on +44 1792 284007.
|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
|Northern Ireland||£7,500||Year 1|
Additional fee information
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Bethan Hughes (Admissions)
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