The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Forensic Science

Aims

This degree aims to:

  • Produce graduates who are able to use forensic science techniques as investigative tools to assist the police and legal professions.
  • 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.
  • Find out more on our Forensics pages

Entry requirements

2015 Entry

  • 200 UCAS points including a minimum of 180 UCAS points from at least 2 A levels 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 36 credits in Science based subjects at Level 3, of which 18 credits will be Merit. You will also have to pass Maths & English at minimum Level 2.
  • Applicants will normally be expected to hold GCSE English and Maths at grade C or equivalent

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.

Fees and finance

2015/6 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 - *
Part time - *

2015/6 Fees for this course have not yet been agreed. As a guide please find below fees for last year.

2014/5 Home/EU International
Full time £8,900 £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.

* We are currently unable to confirm these fees.

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

Employability

  • Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 85% of our graduates are in employment within 6 months of leaving, whilst 60% find “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 universities for employability.
  • Employment opportunities exist for you with the Forensic Science Sector both with independent providers of forensic analysis and police scientific work, insurance companies, legal firms and independent forensic laboratories.
  • Examples of possible future careers include scene of crime work, quality assurance in food and pharmaceutical manufacturing, trading standards, public and industrial health and safety, and accident investigation.
  • You could also train to become a science teacher or continue your studies as a postgraduate either on a Masters course or PhD.
  • Some of our graduates are working for the Forensic Science Service, LGC Forensics and Key Forensics as forensic scientists.
  • Others are working for the West Midlands Police, West Mercia Police, Staffordshire Police and the Leicestershire Constabulary as crime scene investigators, fingerprint and footwear analysts, criminal intelligence analysts and police officers.
  • For more information on careers, check out our why forensic Science? page

Accreditation

  • BSc Forensic Science at Wolverhampton is one of the first three University courses to be endorsed by Forensic Skillsmark.
  • Skillsmark is the recognised quality mark for learning and development programmes in the Justice and Community Safety sector. It is only awarded to learning programmes which have undergone the rigorous Skillsmark endorsement process.
  • Skillsmark endorsed programmes provide learners with the skills and knowledge they need for employment, skills that employers also want their staff to have. It also ensures that programmes are up to date and fit for purpose and have been designed specifically with employers’ needs in mind
  • This course is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc) in all three of its component standards. Wolverhampton was the first University in the West Midlands to receive FSSoc accreditation.
  • The course is also recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry, which means that this award meets the academic requirements for associate membership of the RSC upon graduation.

Course content

Year 1 of 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.

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 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 analysing handwriting, soil, weapons and bullets and bloodstains found at scenes of crime. You will have regular opportunities to put theory to practise in an extensive range of practical sessions, including crime scene investigation.

If you choose not to opt for a work placement in year 3, 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 court room environment. We prepare you for working in a laboratory environment and for management roles in that sector by considering issues associated with laboratory management. Your Honours project will consist of a thorough piece of scientific research investigating an important area of forensic science.

Outcomes

You will have studied one of the most exciting areas within science. You will be a highly articulate individual capable of explaining 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.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • BSc Forensic Science is one of the first three courses in the U.k. to receive endorsement from forensic Skillsmark
  • Wolverhampton was the first University in the West Midlands to receive full accreditation from the Forensic Science Society (FSSoc) for BSc Forensic Science. A recent surveillance visit, re-accrediting the course, praised us for the quality of these awards.
  • BSc (hons) Forensic Science is recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), meaning the course meets the requirements for RSC associate membership upon graduation.
  • Forensic Science graduates have excellent job prospects. According to unistats.com, 85% of our graduates are in employment or further study within 6 months of leaving, whilst 60% find “graduate level” jobs, placing us in the top 15 universities for employability.
  • The University has an exclusive Forensic work experience opportunity with the West Midlands Police.

Find out more on our Forensics pages

Contact us

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0800 953 3222*

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