This four-year degree offers an alternative route into the study of forensic science and is an ideal course if you don’t have the standard qualifications required for entry to the three-year Forensic Science BSc degree.
The course will teach you an interdisciplinary approach to the study of forensic science and equip you with a range of scientific techniques to examine problems of a biological or chemical nature within the context of forensic science.
You’ll join the Level 3 programme, a foundation year run by specialist staff that acts as a bridge between previous education or work experience. By equipping you with the fundamental knowledge of key disciplines, such as biology and chemistry, this foundation year gives you the skills and experience required to successfully complete a Forensic Science BSc (Hons) degree, which constitutes the remaining three years of the course.
During the final three years, you’ll study a wide range of challenging and engaging subjects including anatomy and physiology, criminalistics, DNA technology, biochemical toxicology and forensic interference from biological remains.
On completion of your degree, you’ll have the skills and qualifications you need to pursue a career in forensic science, or undertake further study or a PhD.
Throughout the course you will be assessed through a range of coursework assignments, online tests, progress tests, presentations and practical reports.
After the course
Successful completion of this extended degree opens up a wide range of exciting career opportunities in the field of forensic science, including roles in biomedical science, analytical chemistry and toxicology, as well as postgraduate study and additional specialist training. Many graduates also go on to work in hospital laboratories and pharmaceutical analysis, while others utilise their skills in diverse fields including journalism and teaching.
What is an extended degree?
Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.