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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.
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.
This course is formally recognised by the Forensic Science Society. For more information please visit the Forensic Science Society Website.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course
|Part time #||£2,780|
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 2016/7. 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