If you have the kind of mind that wants to solve a mystery, this innovative programme will help you understand the modern forensic techniques used to solve crimes and understand criminal behaviour. Using a combination of hands-on experience and theory-based learning, you will be introduced to the fascinating field of forensic investigation.
The programme involves the recovery of evidence from a crime scene, the use of chemical and biological techniques in the laboratory to provide evidence for court and the study of offender behaviour and the criminal justice system.
Assessment is through a combination of written assignments, assessed practical work and examinations.
There are two pathways to choose from on the programme. The psychology pathway combines studies in forensic psychology with forensic science. The incident investigation pathway looks at investigative techniques involved in crime scene science and other investigations such as IT crime and fire incident enquiries. Both pathways give access to progression to a third year of study for an honours degree.
In the Personal & Employability Skills Development module you will learn both academic and, in particular, employability skills for a successful career in this expanding sector.
This programme is highly contextualised with work-based learning embedded throughout.
Possible Progression (subject to availability)
– BSc (Hons) Environmental Resource Management final year (Environmental Forensics pathway) at Camborne
– BSc (Hons) Psychology & Forensic Science stage 3 (University of the West of England)
– Crime Scene Investigation
– Law Enforcement
– Forensic Science Laboratory Technician
– Forensic Psychologist
- UCAS Code: F410
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Awarded by: Cornwall College & Plymouth University
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required (specific unit grades may be requested). Access to HE Diplomas in a relevant subject - 45 credits at level 3 (specific unit grades may be requested). Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
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Course DocumentsFdSc Forensic Science Handbook (2017-18) (done)
Indicative Module Year 1
- Crime Scene Investigation & Management
- Forensic Biology
- Forensic Science
- Law for Forensic Scientists
- Psychology in the Courtroom
- Research Design & Methods
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
- Analytical Chemistry & Instrumentation fo
- Forensic Science
- Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Forensice Psychology: Theory & Practice 1 & 2
- Criminal Psychology
- Criminal Investigation Protocols & Procedures
- Forensic Fire & Road Traffic Investigation
- Forensic Data Capture & Recovery
- Forensic Fire Investigation
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
Careers advice available
If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk
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