HND: Forensic Science

HND: Forensic Science

When and where can I study this course?

Location Study mode Duration Start date Apply
Wolverhampton City Campus Full-time 2 year(s) 06/10/2014 APPLY VIA UCAS
Wolverhampton City Campus Part-Time 4 year(s) 06/10/2014 APPLY DIRECTLY
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Aims

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.
  • Find out more on our Forensics pages

Employability

  • 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.
  • For more information on careers, check out our why forensic Science? page

Accreditation

This course is formally recognised by the Forensic Science Society. For more information please visit the Forensic Science Society Website.

Content

Year 1 of 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.


In 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.

Entry

2014 Entry

GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above or equivalent

AND

  • 100 UCAS points including a minimum of 40 UCAS points from one A level or equivalent.
  • Post-16 qualifications should include Biology or Chemistry at A-Level
  • The access to HE (Science) Diploma is also accepted. You will need to have achieved 18 credits in Science based subjects at Level 3. You will also need to have passed Maths & English at minimum Level 2.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, check out the UCAS tariff conversion table via the UCAS website: www.ucas.com

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Other Requirements

An offer of a place will not be made until you have attended a formal interview.

Outcomes

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.

Why WLV?

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

Fees

2014/5 Home/EU International
Full time £7,325 £10,700
Part time # £2,645

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

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2014/5. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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

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