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Forensic Science

Course Code: UF3372

Level: 5
Subject area: Science
Awarding body: University of Plymouth
Qualification: Foundation Degree
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two years

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About the course

This course enables you to study one of the most fascinating areas of applied science – the use of scientific procedures to produce evidence in a court of law. You will study in the College’s specialist forensic science laboratories using modern forensic equipment and have the opportunity to work closely with practising forensic experts from a range of organisations, including Devon & Cornwall constabulary, crime scene investigators and forensic practitioners.

For more information about this course please read the Programme Quality Handbook which contains programme specifications and module information.

What you'll learn

The course includes the following subjects:

  • forensic psychology
  • chemical/physical forensic science
  • professional practice
  • inorganic and physical chemistry
  • organic and biochemistry
  • numerical methods
  • biological forensic science
  • further forensic science
  • analytical chemistry
  • research skills
  • further chemistry
  • the English legal system and criminal justice.
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those who have all of the following:

  • 48 UCAS tariff points
  • four GCSEs at grades 9-4 (C or above), to include English, maths and double science
  • a full A Level science subject or a BTEC National Diploma in Science

or alternatively:

  • equivalent qualifications
  • relevant work experience.

Should entry requirements not be met then individual cases will be considered.


Assessment will be through a variety of assignments which involve both practical and written projects. The emphasis will be on practical development supported by portfolios. There are a number of in-class tests associated with some modules.

What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to progress to:

  • the second year of the BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree at the University of Plymouth
  • the first, second or third year of Honours Degrees in a related subject at a range of universities
  • a wide range of careers such as crime scene investigator, laboratory forensic scientist and other scientific support services.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: UF3372

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £7450

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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