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Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Forensic Science

HND Full-time 2 years, Part-time 4 years

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

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

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code 014F
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  • Fees View
  • Course Specifications View
  • Start Date(s) 20 September 2021, 21 September 2020
  • Award HND
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (2 years), Part-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

This award aims to:

  • Give you the skills needed to examine the biological and physical techniques used in the analysis of scenes of crime and in forensic laboratory work.
  • Teach you about important scientific methods such as DNA fingerprinting and pharmaceutical analysis – you will undertake analytical work as part of the extensive range of practical modules during your course.

Watch our video featuring students and staff to find out what it is like to study 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 teaching you the science that you will need to become a practicing 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, insects and toxicology in forensic work; and the examination of chemicals as evidence.  In addition you will be introduced to methods for analysing bloodstains at scenes of crime, handwriting, weapons, bullets and soil. You will have regular opportunities to put theory into practise in an extensive range of practical sessions.   

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

  • There is a national shortage of scientists technically qualified to undertake forensic analysis – you may gain employment with the Forensic Science Service, insurance companies, legal firms and independent forensic laboratories.
  • In addition, you will find that the skills and knowledge developed on the course will equip you for a variety of scientific roles, such as scene-of-crime work and analysis of food and pharmaceuticals.
  • You can also gain further qualifications by transferring to the second year of BSc (Hons) Forensic Science at the end of your first year, or the final year of the BSc after completion of your HND.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Forensic science is one of the most interesting, challenging and intriguing subject areas available. TV dramas like Silent Witness and CSI have undoubtedly added a touch of glamour to the image of forensic science in solving crime and murders, but don't think that potential careers start and end with police work. You'll be able to get your fingerprints on many more openings across several job sectors.

Our Scene-of-crime suite is furnished with CCTV cameras, dummies, replica weapons and even horse's blood and maggots to provide a sense of realism in crime scene investigation. Designed in consultation with West Midlands Police, it includes a teaching lab where you examine fingerprints and analyse samples found at the scene, as well as footage caught on camera.

All practical work follows proper laboratory procedures that will stand up in a court of law. There will be training in the presentation of evidence that builds towards a courtroom-style experience if you choose to complete the final year of the BSc degree.

The similarity in design of this course with the BSc (honours) Forensic Science course allows successful students the opportunity to transfer:
•    After the first year to the second year of the degree (subject to satisfactory performance)
•    To the final year of BSc (hons) Forensic Science on completion of your HND

Technically qualified staff are in demand in all types of analytical laboratories.  You will have a broad range of theoretical knowledge in the forensic applications of biology and chemistry, have experience of a workplace environment and have experienced a range of practical skills using related equipment.  You will also be able to enter the final year of our honours degree course in forensic science to continue to follow your interests in this exciting field.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £ per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
Home Full-time £ per year 2021-22
International Full-time £ per year 2020-21
International Full-time £ per year 2021-22
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

  • 48 UCAS Points
  • DD from A Levels, to include Biology or Chemistry
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade PPP or BTEC National Diploma in Applied Science grade MP.
  • Access to HE Diploma (Science) with 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3, of which 18 must be in Science


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 for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

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

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 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 website to find out more.


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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