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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 of this course, you may be able to progress to:

  • the final year of the BSc (Hons) Chemistry degree at the University of Plymouth
  • the first, second or third year of the honours degree 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 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.

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