The Certificate in Forensic Science course is a single-module, distance learning course. It provides students with a broad introduction into forensic investigation, forensic chemistry and forensic biology.
Entry and Admissions
Online (no attendance)
School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
No Partner College
September and February
No formal prior qualifications will be required to enrol on the course, but students will find a science background useful.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
Workbooks are based on:
- Forensic Investigation - focusing on the processes involved in an investigation and evidence collection. This workbook also covers fingerprints, document and glass analysis.
- Forensic Chemistry - analytical chemistry is used in a wide range of forensic investigations. Students are introduced to the chemical techniques used in the investigations of drug cases (toxicology), explosions, arsons and the analysis of paint samples.
- Forensic Biology - introduces a wide range of biological principles such as the use of hairs and fibres as evidence, alcohol level determinations and blood spatter pattern interpretation. This workbook also covers body fluids, molecular biology and DNA profiling.
For further information on our facilities, resources and laboratories within the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, please visit our pages on this website.
Learning Environment & Assessment:
You will be supplied with six workbooks covering the above subjects, together with a copy of the most relevant textbook on forensic science. You will also receive a student handbook, and a Student Guide to Study Skills. Assessment is by means of three sets of multiple choice questions and three short essays. There is support from tutors by phone, e-mail or post, if needed.
Assessment is by coursework only, there is no formal examination. Students must submit six pieces of coursework.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.
"Having received my University Certificate in Forensic Science, I thank my lecturers for their encouragement and support during the course, in particular, due to the nature of my employment with the Antarctic Survey. I found the whole experience both interesting and enjoyable and the quality of the course manuals was excellent".
From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.
Fees & Funding
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
How to Apply
Application should be made via the University's Online Application System. In case of difficulty, please contact the School Office at:
School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
University of Central Lancashire
Telephone: +44 (0)1772 891990