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The award
FdSc

How long you will study
2 - 3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 8200 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14500 per year

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About Forensic Science at Bournemouth University

Delivered at Wiltshire College and University Centre's Salisbury campus, this course will prepare you to work in a forensics or related environment. At the end of the two years study you will have sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to start work; however an additional third year on a top-up course to achieve a full BSc degree would place all your knowledge and skills developed to good use in the scientific field.

Year one lays the foundation for the units in year two and potentially year three. The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. You will be required to research current topics in your area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help you understand how best to achieve this.

There is no work placement requirement, although there is a Work Related Project in year 2 which may require you to liaise with a local company or organisation on a real-world project.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge you will need in the forensic field.

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

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Notes about fees for this course

For fees and funding information please visit https://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/study/courses/fdsc-forensic-science

Entry requirements

For 2019 entry: 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A Level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma.

GCSEs: Additionally, candidates will normally be expected to present passes at Grade C or above in at least three other subjects (Double or Triple Science) at GCSE level or equivalent; passes at Grade C and above in English and Mathematics will be normally expected.

Learning through experience demonstrated in portfolios or records of achievement and / or by specific learning tasks set at interview and confirmed by employer reference(s).

A combination of academic and experiential learning to be considered on its individual merits.

Applicants are required to demonstrate a set of basic skills required to fulfil the demands of the programme:

These skills should be demonstrated at levels equivalent to GCSE grades A - C. To this end, applicants may offer:

And / Or

And / Or

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application. 

IELTS (Academic) 6.0 or equivalent.

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