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BSc (Hons)

Forensic Science (Foundation Entry)

4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught

On our Forensic Science (Foundation Entry) course you’ll get a grounding in the kinds of skills you’ll need if you want to become a forensic scientist or a crime scene investigator.

Throughout your foundation year you’ll enhance your scientific knowledge and we’ll teach you a wide range of practical laboratory techniques. You’ll get insights into the world of forensic investigation, the management and processing of crime scenes, and analysing evidence in the laboratory.

Foundation entry degree courses like this one are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree but you don’t have the qualifications needed to directly enter the full honours degree programme. During the foundation year we’ll equip you with the essential knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical science skills you’ll need to succeed at degree level.

When you progress to our full BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree you’ll have access to some fantastic facilities, including our crime scene houses, a vehicle examination bay, and a blood spatter pattern analysis suite, further enhanced by purpose built facilities at our pioneering Lancashire Forensic Science Academy (LFSA) partnership.

Why study with us

  • The foundation year will provide you with an interesting and stimulating grounding in science. You’ll build your confidence and become an independent learner.
  • You’ll gain key practical skills in our modern, spacious and well-equipped laboratory facilities.
  • During your course you’ll have the chance to go on an optional sandwich placement year, as well as specialist placement opportunities at the LFSA, to gain valuable industry experience.

The Hydra Minerva Suite at the University of Central Lancashire

What you’ll do

  • Enhance your practical skills with a variety of hands-on Biology and Chemistry laboratory sessions and Physics workshops.
  • Learn all about crime scene investigation, including fingerprint recovery and identification, and the recovery and analysis of trace evidence such as hairs, fibres and bodily fluids.
  • On the full course you’ll get to examine evidence at simulated crime scenes inside our very own crime houses on campus.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus aside from a small amount of online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, demonstrating that it provides a solid, widely respected route into the highly competitive field of forensic and criminal investigation.

Future careers

Previous graduates have gone on to study for PhDs in Fire Chemistry, Neuroscience and Forensic Science. Others have pursued careers in a range of science-based roles, including forensic scientists and crime scene investigators.

Science graduates are in demand in many employment sectors in the UK and overseas including the civil service, business, accounting, sales and marketing. You can use the transferable employability skills that you gain throughout your degree to look for jobs in a number of different areas.

If you develop an interest in a specialist area, you could continue to study at postgraduate level for a Master of Science (MSc), Master of Research (MRes), or a Doctoral degree (PhD or DPhil).

Other students choose to take a postgraduate teaching qualification or graduate entry into medicine.

Lancashire Forensic Science Academy

This ground-breaking partnership gives you the opportunity to shadow real CSI's and gain industry-demanded placement experience.

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Fees and Funding

First year£5500 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£7800 for the first year
Full-time£14000 per year
First year£6000 for the first year
Full-time£9250 per year
First year£10000 for the first year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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