Forensic Science with Criminology (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

Overview

Overview

If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. Forensic scientists utilise skills from a wide range of academic disciplines. This programme includes regular laboratory sessions, practical mock crime scenes and lectures. The criminology courses introduce the more social aspects of forensic science and the relationship between crime and society. Students are also exposed to other aspects such as crime scene investigation and presenting evidence in a legal setting.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • A thorough introduction to chemistry
  • A thorough introduction to biology and biochemistry
  • Fundamentals of energy, life and resources
  • An understanding of how to measure change
  • Essential skills for science
  • Improved mathematics
  • Laboratory practice.

Employability

You will receive both theoretical and practical teaching that will broaden vital transferable skills that are needed for a successful career, not only in the forensic science industry, but also in other sectors. Graduates of this programme will possess the skills to identify and solve problems, to understand and use quantitative techniques to analyse and interpret data, and finally evaluate and present evidence. Successful graduates will also have a competent legal, sociological and criminological understanding of forensic science.

Location

You will study science elements on the Medway Campus and criminology elements on the Greenwich Campus. An inter-campus bus runs between Medway and Greenwich.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To produce graduates with the necessary knowledge base and practical skills to become effective forensic scientists who are competent to practice
  • To produce graduates with the confidence and ability to apply fundamental scientific principles to a variety of practical forensic science situations and specifically within a legal framework
  • To produce graduates with the skills to identify and solve problems, and to understand and use quantitative techniques for the analysis and interpretation of data for the evaluation and presentation of evidence
  • To produce graduates who have a competent legal, sociological and criminological understanding of forensic science.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. An appropriate portfolio of experience (with relevant details and evidence of training qualifications included) would normally be expected to be produced as part of the application process. The relevant programme leader or head of department may require an interview to be carried out if this is considered necessary.

We welcome applications from mature students.

Applicants from a UK educational background:

In order to be accepted, applicants would normally be expected to achieve the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and Maths grade at C (or above).

  • Applications from those with an A-Level background are welcome if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS background are welcome if the applicant has studied three/four AS-Level subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background are welcome if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications will be considered on application.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 6.0 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have no skill less than 5.5, but do not meet IELTS 6.0 overall can apply and take the following two additional courses which are designed to support them:
English for Academic Purposes 1               15 credits
English for Academic Purposes 2               15 credits

These 30 credits are additional to the other courses. Such students therefore study 150 credits, but will only pay fees for 120 credits. These courses are run by the Department of Literature, Language and Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities at the Avery Hill Campus.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

Extra information

Assessment

Teaching will be carried out through a mixture of: 

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory-practical classes 
  • student-centered intensive workshops.

Typical assessment methods include: 

  • Coursework
  • Laboratory-practical sessions
  • Presentations (oral and poster)
  • Seminar presentations
  • End of semester examinations.

Careers

Potential career opportunities exist in forensic science and criminal justice, and more broadly in management, communications and the wider pharmaceutical, chemical and biological science sectors.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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