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Forensic Biology Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Course summary

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This degree is taught by leading academics, experienced practitioners and a range of professional guest lecturers, will give you a comprehensive grounding in forensic biology.

To ensure you graduate with a broad set of forensic skills you’ll take part in invaluable lab and fieldwork experience, including mock crime scenes and disasters, and you’ll use sophisticated lab and field equipment to collect and analyse biological evidence, write detailed logs and reports, and even collaborate with staff on current forensic research projects.

You’ll get to pick many of the subjects you study, forging a curriculum that favours your career goals, and in year three you can choose to complete a five or 30-week placement, at home or overseas, to strengthen your CV and improve your chances of gaining employment after you graduate.

Our graduates have gone on to work in positions including Collision Investigators, Biological Scientists, Junior Forensic Examiners and Biochemists to name a few.

Course details

Modules

You will study a range of units including AAFS study skills, cell biology, chemistry, diversity of life, human anatomy and physiology, introduction to forensic investigation, advanced cell biology, biochemistry, crime scene, forensic law and practice, forensic science, advances forensic science, advanced topics in genetics and an independent research project along with a number of optional units.


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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points 104 - 120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 118 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of four Scottish Highers.
Extended Project We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by two A-level sized qualifications to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade C (or grade 4 in the reformed GCSE grading) or equivalent qualifications.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points 28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification as part of the overall tariff.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship recognised by the Institute for Apprenticeships. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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