University of Central Lancashire

Forensic Science and Molecular Biology (Foundation Entry) University of Central Lancashire Degree level: Undergraduate

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Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. As a forerunner in the country for forensic science, you’ll learn from former practicing forensic scientists and CSIs as well as academics who are leaders in their field. On this integrated masters course, you’ll get the level of training associated with a BSc degree but with integrated masters level modules, given you a depth of knowledge that will significantly improve your employability. You’ll study forensic investigation, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic anthropology, ultimately specialising in forensic biology with an emphasis on the generation, interpretation and application of DNA evidence. Completion of the programmes will leave you well placed for specialist employment in areas of forensic sciences, crime scene investigation, molecular biology or biotechnology.

Guest speakers are brought in to talk about other areas including law, ballistics and DNA, and alumni will talk to you about their career path and how to get on.

Our strong links with the local constabularies and hospital laboratories mean you’ll get the chance to undertake invaluable hands-on work experience.

Our courses are an excellent basis for employment in this competitive sector. Our graduates are at work in all sorts of forensic science settings - as crime scene investigators, police officers, scientific support personnel and intelligence analysts, at home and overseas.

Course details

Modules

Year 1: Skills for Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Year 2: Compulsory modules; Crime Scene Science, Skills for Forensic Scientists, Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology, Biology for Forensic Scientists, Chemistry for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Chemistry, Bones Bodies and Burials, Elective.

Year 3: Compulsory modules; Criminalistics, Forensic Practice, Forensic Chemistry, Introduction to Forensic Genetics, Law for Forensic Scientists. Optional modules; Death Science, Forensic Anthropology

Year 4: Compulsory modules; Dissertation, Application of Forensic Science, Forensic Genetics, Advances in Forensic Chemistry, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Toxicology

Year 5: Compulsory modules; Research Methods, Forensic Genetics I, Forensic Genetics II, Research Project (triple module)


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

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code F456
Institution code C30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code U

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:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
A level 72 UCAS points at A2 including Biology or Chemistry
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Applied Sciences required
Access to HE Diploma 72 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry
Scottish Higher 72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
AS Not accepted
GCSE/National 4/National 5 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from HL subjects, including HL Biology or Chemistry
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 72 UCAS points including Biology, Chemistry or Applied Science
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DM Applied Science required
Scottish Advanced Higher 72 UCAS points including Biology or Chemistry


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,500 Year 1
EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Provider information

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University of Central Lancashire
Preston
PR1 2HE


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01772 892400