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FdSc Forensic Science

(Wiltshire College and University Centre, Salisbury Campus)

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  • UCAS Code:
    413F
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course will prepare you to work in a forensics or related environment. At the end of the two years study you will have sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to start work; however an additional third year on a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree would place all your knowledge and skills developed to good use in the scientific field.

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the FdSc, you can opt to take a foundation year in applied science before progressing on to the FdSc Forensic Science. The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. You will be required to research current topics in your area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help you understand how best to achieve this.

There is no work placement requirement, although there is a Work Related Project in year 2 of the FdSc which may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation on a real-world project.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge you will need in the forensic field.

Interested in studying this course part-time? Enquire now.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Wiltshire College and University Centre, Salisbury

Duration:

FdSc 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time, or with foundation year 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry:

FdSc: 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A Level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

FdSc with foundation year: 32 UCAS Tariff Points and 3 GCSEs in English, Science and Maths (grade C/4) or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course Details

Students will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to their peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of Applied Science hardware and software.

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification FdSc (pdf 401kb)Download the programme specification FdSc with foundation year

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Have a strong interest in science
  • Are looking to develop a career in a scientific field.

Applicants should either be young learners aged from 18 to 21 who have not engaged in post-16 education but whose experience since leaving full-time education may have helped to equip them for further study.

Applicants aged over 21 who are mature learners with no formal qualifications or learners with A Levels (or equivalent) which were obtained more than three years ago are welcome to apply.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. 

Further study

Once you have completed your course, you can move on to a top-up degree or the final year of an undergraduate honours degree to achieve the next level of qualification.

Graduates may apply to progress onto the final year of an honours degree or top-up degree at Bournemouth University, at a BU partner college or another institution, subject to a suitable course being offered, places being available and applicants obtaining the University's required entry criteria.

For entry onto a Bournemouth University top-up degree, you will be assessed on your overall mark (there may be a minimum requirement), your performance on the foundation degree and where appropriate an interview with the programme coordinator.

View our top-up degrees webpage

Course staff

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.