Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science and Criminal Investigation (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

UCAS Code

F756

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    Four years; five years with industrial placement

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F756; Short form: FS&CIFE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Thanks to our accreditation with the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and our close links to Lancashire and Greater Manchester constabularies, this course is a solid, widely respected route into the highly competitive field of forensic science and criminal investigation. Learning from former CSIs, you’ll develop a broad understanding of forensic science from a legal perspective and, in your second and third years, you’ll get the chance to work alongside local police CSI and scientific support teams - indeed, because our course is mapped against National Occupational Standards for CSIs, you could even start work in the field while you’re studying.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Study Skills
  • Key Issues in Law and Criminology
  • Introduction to Forensic Science

Continued

  • Professional Policing
  • Investigation Project

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Volume Crime Scene Science
  • Introduction to Policing
  • Study Skills for Criminal Investigation
  • Introduction to Criminal Investigation


Optional modules

  • Crime Scene Photography 
  • Introduction to Osteology and Anthropology

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Criminalistics
  • Forensic Practice
  • Research Methods
     

Optional modules
Stream One

  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • Advanced Photography
     

Stream Two

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • The Science and Management of Death
     

Optional for sandwich award:

  •  Industrial Placement Year

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Application of Forensic Science
  • Dissertation


Optional modules - choose one

  • Major Crime Inquiries
  • Policing Cybercrime
  • Fraud and Asset Recovery
  • International Humanitarian and Criminal Law
  • Counter Terrorism


Plus one of:
Stream One

  • Crime Scene Management


Stream Two

  • Forensic Taphanomic Traces
  • Human Remains Recovery

Further Information

Study Forensic Science at UCLan

At the start of the course, you will have the choice to study one stream from two choices, these being crime scene investigation or forensic anthropology. The stream you choose will be followed throughout your study. Throughout the course you will learn all aspects of the law relating to forensic science, you will also learn how to recognise, enhance and recover all evidence types from crime scenes and how to analyse that evidence in the laboratory. During your final year you will also be required to write a dissertation, largely of your own choice.


Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

Lancashire Constabulary and UCLan School of Forensic and Applied Sciences have joined forces to create the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.

In the first collaboration of its kind, CSIs, forensic science experts, academics and students will work alongside each other in purpose-built facilities to research, investigate and deliver forensic science services in Lancashire.

This ground-breaking partnership gives students access to an operational environment.

Find out more


"Going to university was the best decision I have ever made. The skills I gained at UCLan have undoubtedly greatly assisted me in getting my dream job."


Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

This course exceeds the National Occupational Standards for VCSI’s and CSI’s. Several of our recent graduates have secured employment with local forces.
 


 

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

Lancashire Constabulary and UCLan School of Forensic and Applied Sciences have joined forces to create the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.

In the first collaboration of its kind, CSIs, forensic science experts, academics and students will work alongside each other in purpose-built facilities to research, investigate and deliver forensic science services in Lancashire.

This ground-breaking partnership enables students to work in an operational policing environment.

Professional Accreditation

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.

You will be taught in a range of environments utilising our excellent facilities, you will also role play during several policing scenarios.

Assessment is by a variety of methods including but not limited to, standard written exams, written assessment, presentations, crime scene examinations, photographic portfolios, human bone identification or a combination of these.

Opportunities

In such a competitive job market, UCLan graduates stand out. You’ll find them at work as forensic scientists and analysts in both private companies and for the police force, and working as crime scene investigators, police intelligence analysts and police officers, at home and overseas.

PROFESSIONAL PLACEMENT YEAR

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the third and fourth years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team & UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first three years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

Facilities

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