FdSc

Forensic Science

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  • UCAS code(s): F411
  • Level(s) of study: Foundation degree / Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: Clifton campus
  • Starting: September 2017
  • Course duration: Two years full-time

This course is ideal for those with an enquiring mind, a deep interest in science and a curiosity about how and why things happen. You will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observation and the results of laboratory tests.

On this course you will develop the ability to judge the importance of physical evidence based on incident scene observations and the results of laboratory analysis.

Studying Forensic Science will enable you to:

  • Understand crime scene science.
  • Use case studies to highlight the range of approaches required in forensic investigations as well as analytical instruments, microscopy and the English legal system.
  • Find out how the acquisition of crime scene evidence is studied as well as genetic identification.

What you'll study

Who will teach me?

The Forensics team is comprised of academic and support staff that are subject experts in forensic science, legal issues and crime scene investigation. Many of our staff have had relevant industrial and other external forensics experience and training.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

Industry links

Our Forensics team work with a wide range of organisations including:

What you'll study

As well as considering the underpinning scientific knowledge, you'll develop legal, biological and chemical analysis skills applicable to the subject.

Upon completion you can enrol on the second year of NTU's BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science and gain an honours degree within an extra two years.

A fast-track option also exists. Students who perform well in Year One will normally be offered the opportunity to transfer directly into the second year of the BSc (Hons) in Forensic Science.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will have around 10 hours per week of scheduled contact time. The remainder of the time is for self-directed learning, including library work and research. We have an open door policy, which means that contact time is actually higher than scheduled.

You will be assessed on a variety of components:

Coursework and Practical

  • Assignments
  • Dissertation
  • Group projects
  • Case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Laboratory assessments and reports

Written

  • Exams
  • Written tests

Careers and employability

Your career development

Most FdSc Forensic Science students continue studying to BSc level. Alternatively, you'll be well suited to work in a laboratory environment for a forensic service provider or in education.

Employers in the fields of chemistry, biology and physics as well as forensic science highly value graduates with a strong background in:

  • scientific investigation
  • the reconstruction of events
  • the presentation of findings.

These skills are invaluable for careers in:

  • Forensic Science
  • law enforcement (for example, the police, Customs and Excise, immigration and fraud investigation)
  • academic research.

Our recent forensic science graduates have gone onto the following careers:

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - DDE, including Chemistry and Biology at grade D; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP, including relevant Chemistry and Biology modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade D equivalent in Chemistry and Biology; and
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels - DDE, including Chemistry and Biology at grade D; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - MPP, including relevant Chemistry and Biology modules; or
  • 64 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade D equivalent in Chemistry and Biology; and
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study.   We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.  If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for all full-time undergraduate degree courses in 2017/18 are £9,250.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at university. The level of the tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your course may rise in line with inflation or fee cap changes permitted by the Government.

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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