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Forensic Science (Extended), BSc Hons Undergraduate prospectus

  • This four-year programme is identical to the three-year one, 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. 

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

This degree enables you to receive high-quality, broad-based scientific training that will not restrict you when choosing your career. Designed with the requirements of employers in mind, both the theoretical and practical teaching develops the vital transferable skills that are needed for a successful career, not only in forensic science, but also in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biological industry sectors and beyond.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop your knowledge base and practical skills so that you can become a competent and effective forensic scientist
  • To provide you with the confidence and ability to apply fundamental scientific principles to a variety of practical forensic science situations, specifically within a legal framework
  • To give you the skills to identify and solve problems. You will be able to use quantitative techniques to analyse and interpret data in order to evaluate and present evidence.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Typical Offer: 64 points

Qualifications: three A-levels/Extended Diploma/combination of A-level and Diploma/A-levels and Extended Certificate

Subjects:

  • A-level: 64 points from related science subjects
  • BTEC National: Extended Diploma in Applied Science
  • A-level and BTEC National: Diploma/Extended Certificate in Applied Science and 16 points from a related science subject
  • Plus GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade 4 or above (grade C or above under the A*-G system), and one GCSE science subject at Grade C or above under the A*-G system. We also accept equivalent qualifications at Level 2, such as Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

We will also consider:

  • AS-levels along with A2-levels
  • Alternative qualifications at Level 3, such as OCR Cambridge Technicals, AQA Tech-level, the International Baccalaureate and Access to Science
  • Applications from mature students.

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 IELTS 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 & Theatre in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities at 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
  • Oral and poster presentations
  • Seminar presentations
  • End of semester examinations.

Careers

This degree will equip you with the broad scientific training and transferable skills that will give you the maximum opportunity for choice in your career. Graduates may pursue roles in forensic science and criminal justice, but also in management, communications and the wider pharmaceutical, chemical and biological 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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