Full-time: Three years, Part-time: Six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
FL46; Short form: BSc/FSA
Preston (Campus code: U)
We pride ourselves on creating forensic scientists who are experts in their area. We’re a forerunner in the country for forensic science and you’ll learn from former practicing forensic scientists and CSIs as well as academics who are leaders in their field. Our course has 2-star accreditation with the Forensic Science Society. On top of a broad education in forensic investigation, managing and processing crime scenes and analysing evidence in the laboratory, you’ll focus on the recovery of human remains and the analysis of skeletal remains. Our archaeologists regularly run digs that you’re welcome to take part in, and our strong links with the local constabularies and hospital laboratories mean you’ll get the chance for hands-on work experience.
280 points at A2 including Biology or Chemistry (will accept Applied Science); General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit (see below)
Access to HE (see below)
International Baccalaureate : 28P including Grade HL5 in Biology or Chemistry
5 GCSE's including Maths and English - C or equivalent
IELTS grade 6 with no component lower than 5.5
BTEC Qualifications: Further Information
BTEC Extended Diploma : Applied Science Grades Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Applied Science Grades Distinction*, Distinction*
We also require 6 of the following modules at Merit:
Unit 1: Fundamentals of Science
Unit 6: Using Mathematical Tools in Science
Unit 7: Mathematical Calculation for Science
Unit 8: Using Statistics in Science
Unit 11: Physiology of Human Body Systems
Unit 12: Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
Unit 13: Biochemistry and Biomechanical Techniques
Unit 15: Microbiological Techniques
Unit 16: Chemistry for Biology Technicians
Unit 18: Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Unit 19: Practical Chemical Analysis
Unit 21: Biomedical Science Techniques
Unit 22: Chemical Laboratory Techniques
Unit 26: Industrial Chemical Reactions
Unit 28: Industrial Application of Organic Chemistry
Access to Higher Education Qualifications: Further Information
Pass Access Course with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction. Students must also have 15 level 3 credits of Chemistry or Biology at Distinction.
112 points at A2 including Biology or Chemistry or applied Sciences; General Studies accepted
OCFBED (See Attached): Distinction, Merit, Merit
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS Points with 15 level 3 Credits at Distinction in Chemistry or Biology.
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 points including HL5 Biology or Chemistry
GCSE: Grade C at Maths and English
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.
Optional modules - plus one of the following combination of options (dependent on second year study):
Forensic Science at UCLan is outstanding amongst other UK programmes by merit of its breadth and depth, the expertise of staff, and its facilities. The course covers forensic investigation, forensic biology, forensic chemistry and forensic anthropology. In addition to fitting the student for a wide range of forensic careers, the course has a strong emphasis on transferable, employable skills, and it is expected that graduates will be well prepared for careers in a number of areas.
There are two core topics that run throughout the course:
Forensic Investigation involves the management and analysis of crime scenes, the collection of forensic evidence and its analysis by means of methods such as fingerprinting, footwear impressions, document analysis, tool marks, forensic photography, glass fragment analysis, trace evidence, body fluids, hair and fibre analysis and ballistics.
Forensic anthropology is studied in all three years and involves the analysis of skeletal remains in order to determine a profile of a deceased individual as well as aspects of decomposition and burial.
In addition, you have the choice of following forensic biology or forensic chemistry to complete your programme of study. Forensic biology includes topics such as the identification of body fluids, forensic medicine, forensic entomology and DNA profiling, the identification and analysis of molecular genetic variation which can be used to match body fluids such as blood, semen or saliva to individuals, or to carry out paternity analysis. Forensic chemistry examines a variety of compounds from narcotics to paints and accelerants, using chemical and physical methods to characterise and match trace samples.
I like the way biological processes and theory were made relevant to forensic science.
The School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences is vibrant, friendly, diverse and busy, and houses a wealth of staff experience. We were the first UK department to have a dedicated crime scene simulation house and now have three properties representing different scenarios. We have an extensive skeletal collection, comprised from both teaching specimens and archaeological material; and our final year students always organise one of the best graduation balls in the university!
The 2013 National Student Survey (NSS) results show 100% of our forensic science students said they were satisfied with their course and that our tutors made the subject interesting.
The best part was in the labs. The lecturers were all very helpful and took time to explain things individually.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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Accredited by The Forensic Science Society.
The school houses a wealth of staff experience, from those who have worked at the very highest level as forensic practitioners before coming into higher education, to academics who are involved in the cutting edge research that underpins and helps advance forensic analysis. Factual knowledge and the development of associated skills are achieved through a variety of lectures, practical work (both laboratory based and at simulated crime scenes), tutorials, workshops, group work and independent study.
Guest speakers are brought in to talk about other areas including law, ballistics and DNA, and alumni will talk to you about their career path and how to get on.
A key part to the School's teaching and assessment strategy is to ensure that you get hands-on experience of using the full range of analytical instrumentation and are competent and confident in using them.
Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and end-of-module examinations. The types of assessments vary and may be in the form of multiple-choice, short answer questions, essays, practical reports or tests, problem solving exercises, oral presentations, critical reviews and research in the form of a final year dissertation.
We provide state-of-the-art facilities including :
Our courses are an excellent basis for employment in this competitive sector. Our graduates are at work in all sorts of forensic science settings - as crime scene investigators, police officers, scientific support personnel and intelligence analysts, at home and overseas.
There are several opportunities to get experience either in the voluntary sector or through placements at a number of laboratories and workplaces. If you are interested in a police career, you are encouraged to join the Special Constable service. Those thinking of a laboratory career may wish to explore links with local hospital laboratories for work experience and within the School there are several student internships available each year that will allow you to get involved in a novel research project and gain experience of working within a research environment. Archaeologists within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences regularly run digs and those with an interest in archaeology and anthropology may want to participate and get additional field-work experience.