University of Central Lancashire has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
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.
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
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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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:
|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|
|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
|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
|Channel Islands||£5,500||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£5,500||Year 1|