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Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science with Policing

BSc (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 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 L43F
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 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 studied 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 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 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

 

2020 Entry

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD to include Biology or Chemistry.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM in Applied Science
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit to include 36 credits in Science

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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 at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

English language requirements also apply

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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