BSc (Hons) Forensic Science (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS Code7F28
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
Forensic Science students dust for fingerprints

Course Highlights

Partnerships

with a number of industries in the areas of forensic, chemical, analytical and materials science

Train

in a variety of fields, including crime scene investigation, biology and chemistry

1st

'body farm' of its kind in Wales for taphonomic study and research

dusting for prints

Forensic Scienceat WGU

Why choose this course?

This degree provides a detailed knowledge of numerous scientific disciplines and how they can be applied to investigate a wide range of crimes. It has been tailored to train students to become competent and skilled scientists, able to conduct the analysis of materials, interpret complex results, and present their evidence as expert witnesses.

From sharp force trauma to spectra, from bones to bugs... Wrexham Glyndŵr University will prepare you for an exciting career in science.

You will:

  • be trained in a wide variety of fields, including crime scene investigation, biology and chemistry
  • use our dedicated laboratories, crime scene house, and taphonomic facility (body farm) to test and hone your scientific skills
  • benefit from our long-term collaborations with partners including North Wales Police, companies specialising in areas such as search dog training and the analysis of human remains, as well as analytical companies that provide students with opportunities to perform frontier research and publish papers
  • take part in our annual real-time training exercise

 

Key course features

  • Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study
  • Highly specialised facilities including a dedicated crime scene investigation house, located right on the campus, and the first, and only, licensed body farm in Wales for taphonomic study and research
  • Highly experienced, research and case active staff delivering hands-on practical session with modern laboratory equipment
  • Opportunities to attend a number of course-related trips and events including conferences in forensic science and eligibility for Student Membership of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (additional costs apply)
  • Inclusive and supportive teaching with tutorial support available through the medium of Welsh
  • Established partnerships with a number of industries in the areas of forensic, chemical, analytical and materials science including collaboration with North Wales Police on research projects in forensic investigation

What you will study

The course covers the three key elements of forensic science, namely: the search and recovery of evidence; biological (including DNA), chemical and physical analysis; and the presentation of evidence in court. The course is highly practical so you'll be equipped with all the skills you need for career development.

Teaching methods include lectures, laboratory sessions, student-led seminars and guided research.

Independent learning is an important aspect of all modules, as it enables students to develop both their subject-specific and key skills. Independent learning is promoted through guided study or feedbacks given to students.

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The foundation year will introduce you to a range of scientific concepts and methods which underpin biological sciences. You’ll receive a thorough training in laboratory skills and will develop your analytical and mathematical skills. You will be encouraged to develop your own abilities in science, with a basic bank of knowledge across the main scientific areas.

MODULES

  • Plant and Animal Biology
  • Laboratory and Field Skills
  • Maths and Experimental Design 
  • Introduction to Science
  • The Skills You Need
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

Level 4 introduces a broad range of scientific knowledge and skills covering mathematics, statistics, biology and chemistry. You'll also be educated in the fundamentals of forensic science, criminal justice and crime scene investigation. Intensive practice in both labs and the crime scene house is an important part of this year.

MODULES

  • Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Essential Skills for the Life Sciences
  • Maths and Statistics for Science
  • Forensic Evidence and Criminal Justice
  • Crime Scene Investigation

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

Level 5 builds on and expands your portfolio of study, introducing skills in advanced instrumental analysis and contemporary knowledge in forensic biology and human identification workshops. Both hands-on experience and research methodology will be emphasised.

MODULES

  • Forensic Biology
  • Analytical Methods in Applied Science
  • Anatomy, Pathology and the Forensic Examination of Human Remains
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Laboratory Instrumental Analysis
  • Research Methods: Theory and Practice 

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year leads students into specific areas of forensic science, including taphonomy (decomposition), drugs and toxicology, and presentation of evidence in court. You will carry out a research project in a field of your choice.

MODULES

  • Forensic Taphonomy
  • Drugs and Toxicology
  • Science in Court
  • Forensic Investigation of Mass Fatalities
  • Research Project

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

 

Entry requirements & applying

Our general requirement for the foundation year is 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

Teaching & Assessment

A broad range of assessment methods are used; these include task-based exercises, crime scene and courtroom scenarios, oral and poster presentations, essays and laboratory reports, and written exams. Each module is assessed by a variety of methods, enabling students to display their full potential. A project dissertation will form one of the final parts of your assessment.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

A scientific qualification with transferable skills (i.e. research, report writing, critical thinking, problem-solving communication, team working, numeracy and mathematical skills and decision making) can open-up career opportunities in many fields.

For example:

  • Scenes of Crimes Officer (SOCO)
  • Scientific Support
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Police force
  • Teaching
  • Public sector
  • Armed forces
  • Customs
  • Insurance

Our graduates have a good record of employment, forging successful careers in police forces, school/colleges, analytical/chemical companies or studying postgraduate courses across the country and internationally. Some have gone on to work in Laboratory Quality Assurance, Digital Forensic Analysts and even a Human Remains Detection Dog Handler.

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

 

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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Annual real-time training exerciseCrime Scene Day