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Foundation Degree (FdSc) Forensic Science with Foundation Year (part-time)

Key course information

Life Sciences


5 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 with Foundation Year will firstly give you the underpinning knowledge needed to prepare you for successful completion of the Foundation Degree.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 five years study.

What will I learn?

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year 1
Foundations in Biology
Foundations in Chemistry

Year 2
Mathematical Science Skills
Practical Science

Year 3
Introduction to the Forensic Process and Law
Fundamental Chemistry
Mathematics for Science
Academic Writing Skills

Year 4
Essential Biology and Physiology
Practical Laboratory Skills
Criminal Investigation Protocols and Procedures
Forensic Analytical Methods

Year 5
Professional Development Portfolio
Work Related Project
Forensic Evidence and the Legal System
Forensic and Criminal Psychology

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Foundation Year should normally have

3 GCSEs in English, Science and Maths (Grade C/4) or equivalent with level 3 qualifications; 32 UCAS Tariff Points, but not necessarily within science subjects

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Emphasis is placed on nurturing you to build confidence in scientific study and then 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 fifth year.

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 the college website.

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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