Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code F410
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences
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Why choose this course?

Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton will expose you to a diverse range of scientific disciplines and skills, enabling you to work in a variety of roles within forensic science, while also equipping you with transferable skills to work in a wide variety of other roles and areas.

Forensic science takes scientific knowledge and methodology to answer specific questions in a legal investigation, in order to assist a court to decide what has happened. Considering the whole forensic process, from crime scene to court, this course will enable you to develop your skills in scientific and critical thinking, as well as independent study. You will also gain skills to record, recover, examine, and analyse evidence, to interpret the meaning of your findings and then communicate those findings and the underpinning science so that they are understandable to a range of audiences.

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

Watch our video featuring students and staff to find out what it is like to study BSc Forensic Science at the University of Wolverhampton.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 - This exciting course introduces you to the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator, as well as providing the science that you will need to become a practising forensic analyst.  These include key topics in genetics, biochemistry and cell biology together with an introduction to the legal system within which forensic scientists work. The course will deliver introductory modules in methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in modern society.
 
Year 2 - You will engage with the major subject areas within forensic science, including the considerations of evidence gathering at crime scenes. The use of DNA and insects in forensic work will be covered, as will the examination of chemicals as evidence. The information that bones and gravesites can tell us are also important aspects covered by the course. In addition, you will be introduced to methods for the examination and the analysis of a range of evidence types including fingerprints, drugs, fibres, glass, and bloodstains found at scenes of crime. You will have regular opportunities to put theory into practise in an extensive range of practical sessions, including crime scene investigation.
 
Year 3 - If you choose not to undertake a sandwich placement, you move directly to your final year where you will study the science behind the work of forensic pathologists and toxicologists, examine in more detail many of the analytical techniques used by forensic scientists and experience the application of your knowledge and skills in the courtroom environment. We prepare you for working in a laboratory environment and for management roles in that sector, by considering the importance of quality within forensic science. Your Honours project will enable you to undertake a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an area of forensic science chosen by you.
 

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Your lecturers include practitioners and research scientists working to solve problems and answer questions. You will work in our state-of-the-art Rosalind Franklin Science Building with access to a range of advanced instrumentation, including the Locard House and the crime scene facilities we have to offer.

The University of Wolverhampton was the first university in the West Midlands to receive full accreditation from the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (CSFS)  for BSc Forensic Science.  A recent surveillance visit, re-accrediting the course, praised us for the quality of the award. It is also recognised by the Royal Society for Chemistry (RSC) as meeting the requirements for Associate Membership of the RSC.

Our forensic science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to Discover Uni, 90% of our graduates go on to work or further study within 15 months of graduating, with 75% of graduates in highly skilled work.

Our Forensic Science degree has gained 100% student satisfaction in the most recent National Student Survey (NSS) results – our excellent facilities, inspiring teaching and informative placement opportunities provide the perfect blend to help ensure your future success.

Students at the University have had Forensic work experience opportunities with the West Midlands Police.

There are also opportunities to study at EU Universities as part of the Erasmus Programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • You will be a highly articulate individual capable of explaining most exciting areas within science in non-specialist language.

  • You will also be literate, numerate and have a high level of IT skills making you well equipped for today’s workplace.
  • You will be able to carry out laboratory analysis and will have the ability to enter any type of laboratory work and achieve within that employment sector.

  • You will have gained a broad scientific knowledge in both biology and chemistry and so are able to deal with both subject areas.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13450 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13950 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

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

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD, to include Biology or Chemistry.
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma in Applied Science - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 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

 

Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


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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