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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Forensic Science (full-time)

Key course information

Life Sciences


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at our Salisbury campus and franchised by Bournemouth University, the aim of the programme is to prepare you for working in a scientific environment.The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Forensic Science will give you the vocational skills and knowledge to be attractive to employers at the end of the two years study.Emphasis is placed on nurturing you to learn new scientific and mathematical skills within a safe and enabling environment. You will learn how to research and will undertake a work related project in the second year.

What will I learn?

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year 1
• Introduction to the Forensic Process and Law
• Fundamental Chemistry
• Practical Laboratory Skills
• Mathematics for Science
• Academic Writing Skills
• Essential Biology and Physiology

Year 2
• Professional Development Portfolio
• Criminal Investigation Protocols and Procedures
• Work Related Project
• Forensic Evidence and the Legal System
• Forensic and Criminal Psychology
• Forensic Analytical Methods

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have:

48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology).

5 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above which includes English, Maths and Science (or equivalent).

Experiential learning will be considered for mature students with appropriate work experience (at least 2 years), evidence (portfolio) and references. Please contact the college for further information.

Applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of qualifications in written and spoken English. Acceptable qualifications are TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0 or direct equivalents.

Applicants who do not have sufficient experience or formal qualifications may be eligible to attend the Foundation Year of their chosen Foundation Degree provided they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment includes reports, coursework, practical skills, presentations and exams.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the forensic science industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:

You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of forensic science hardware and software.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply for this programme via UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 413F.

You may be required to buy textbooks to support your studies.

You will be required to buy a lab coat at a cost of £22.50 which can be purchased through the college online shop.

There may be additional costs for educational trips and visits, but these are still to be confirmed.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Life Sciences

Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Biochemist

  • Microbiologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist

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