University of Derby has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Balance forensic science skills with insights into the criminal mind and criminal behaviour on this fascinating course.
KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE:
STUDENT SATISFACTION: 100% of our students are satisfied with teaching on the course, overall quality of the course and learning opportunities in the National Student Survey, 2019.
RANKINGS: Forensic Science at Derby is ranked third for student satisfaction with teaching in the Guardian University Guide, 2020. It is also in the Top 10 for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide, 2019, and Top 10 for student experience according to the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018.
ACCREDITATION: Study on a course fully accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Science, reflecting its link to industry standards, student-centred approach, excellent facilities and focus on employability upon graduation.
ANALYSE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR: Add psychological perspectives to the skills of the forensic scientist - you will learn about key psychological theories and principles which aim to explain the behaviour of criminals.
FACILITIES: You'll have access to our specialist Crime Scene House with seven domestic and commercial crime scenes, we also have cars for mock crime scenes, and crown courts for presenting evidence. Our Crime Scene House was designed to such a precise specification that it is regularly used by external clients such as the emergency services for their own staff training.
SCIENTIFIC EXPERIENCE: Hone your scientific skills in our forensic science laboratories. These include an osteology lab for skeletal study, a wet forensic lab, dark room for specialised light searching and photography, an entomology lab for insect investigation, and forensic imaging facilities.
EXCELLENT TEACHING: You’ll benefit from the knowledge, experience and networks of our enthusiastic teaching team which includes forensic scientists, psychologists and practising professionals.
- TAILORED TO YOU: There are plenty of opportunities to tailor your studies to match your personal interests and career aspirations through our wide selection of optional modules.
WHAT YOU'LL COVER:
- Your first year will provide an introduction to your key areas of study, including forensic science and research methods in psychology. Optional modules in your second year will allow you to explore psychopathology or forensic imaging, while options in stage three include medical forensics and a vocational module. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe a post-mortem, apply for a year-long placement, and showcase findings from your studies at national conferences; an experience that will help you stand out in a highly competitive job market.
HOW YOU'RE ASSESSED:
- You’ll be assessed through a range of mediums, including formal witness statements and expert testimony, as well as case studies, essays, laboratory reports, portfolios, and presentations.
- This course gives you a compelling combination of skills which will look great on your CV - you could go on to work within the forensic science sector, the criminal justice system, local constabularies, insurance companies, law firms or private laboratories.
This course is also available with a Foundation Year option.
- This course is available with an Industrial Placement Year.
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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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||120 points||Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc including at least a grade C in either Biology or Chemistry A Level (or equivalent qualification). We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications. We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.|
|A level||BBB||At least a grade C at A level in Biology (or equivalent qualification). This also includes Applied Science, a BTEC Science subject or Access Science|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||
D: 15 credits
M: 24 credits
P: 6 credits
|Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits with 45 at Level 3. Must include passes in compulsory L3 subjects|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification|
English language requirements
IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test (SELT) at CEFR level B2 or above
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
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