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Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science with Policing with Foundation Year

BSc (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

This course aims to produce graduates who are primarily able to use selected forensic science and crime scene investigation techniques to assist the police and legal professions.

This course aims to produce graduates who are primarily able to use selected forensic science and crime scene investigation techniques to assist the police and legal professions.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code L3F4
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

This course aims to produce graduates who are primarily able to use selected forensic science and crime scene investigation techniques to assist the police and legal professions. 

Success in this course could enable you to follow a career in either Forensic Science or the Police Service or associated disciplines.

This course will enable you to develop your skills in scientific and critical thinking as well as independent study.

In addition, if you choose to undertake a sandwich degree, the course will allow you to acquire technical skills in the workplace and enable you to integrate knowledge gained in the theoretical aspects of the course into the professional environment.

What happens on the course?

A broad range of subjects related to Forensic Science and Policing modules can be studied.  There are other BSc Forensic Science and BSc Policing courses available in the UK but, at the time of writing, it appears there are no BSc Forensic Science with Policing courses.  We believe this course will be well suited to the student who has an interest in Forensic Science and wishes to pursue a career in either the Forensic Science or Policing arena.

Forensic Scientists and Crime Scene Investigators who have an awareness of police procedures and Police Officers or Police Detectives who are forensically aware are likely to have an advantage, over the student who studies the single subject degree, in those interdisciplinary areas bordering forensics and policing.

The BSc Forensic Science with Policing programme contains a core policing module in every semester of study combined with judiciously selected aspects of Forensic Science such that Forensic Science is the major component, approximately 66%. The benefit of this is that two major avenues of employment are opened up to the successful graduate.  The first is that of a typical laboratory scientist both within and without of forensically orientated science.  If within a forensically orientated environment then the knowledge of policing and related procedures can help with communication with both police officers and members of the legal profession, i.e., clients who provide evidence for analysis. Secondly, the avenue of policing or working with the police in the capacity of a scene of crime officer, can be possible. The former, a forensically aware police officer, can be thought of as beneficial to the service and, given the current severe shortage of police detectives, could be construed as a route into police detective work for the graduate with the right skills mix.  

There are also many other employment or further training options available to the graduate with BSc Forensic Science with Policing that range from science-based teacher training to further study to MSc or PhD level, or working in many other fields that some of our previous forensic science-based graduates have entered, such as trading standards, public and industrial health and safety and accident investigation.  

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Many companies have stressed the need for key transferable (professional) skills in the workplace.  We have embedded the development of key transferable skills, reflective practice and continuing professional development into the curriculum by using the Undergraduate Skills Recording (USR) tool as a vehicle to instil the concepts of reflective practice and professional development into each year of the course.  We envisage that the students will be able to demonstrate how they have developed the key transferable skills and should be able to articulate (and evidence) their strengths and weaknesses, via the USR tool, to potential employers, because they are well versed with the concepts of continuing professional development. We have embedded the University of Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Silver Award into the current Level 4 skills module and this will be transferred over into the Level 4 introductory forensic science module from 2019 onwards.

We have developed links with both the West Midlands Police and the West Midlands Police Forensic Science Support service. We have engaged in placement programmes, for example project Blue-Line with the West Midlands Police aimed at placing students with the Police and gaining valuable work experience. The sandwich version of the programme will permit students to engage in project blue-line or other sandwich placement opportunities.  We also have placement opportunities with the West Midlands Police Forensic Science Support Service.  Students who take advantage of these opportunities naturally increase their own employability post-graduation.

Using as close to real life simulations as possible, particularly with our crime scene scenarios, helps to prepare students for real world crime scene situations.

There are several modules that utilise special visiting lecturers (practitioners) that impart real world knowledge and experiences as much as possible to the classroom or practical setting to help prepare students as much as possible to work in the real world.  This includes several forensic science and policing activities that we run in career development week.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2020 Entry

  • 32 UCAS Points
  • EE from A Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade PP
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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