Would you like to gain an insight into criminal profiling and crime scene investigation, while exploring how and why crimes are committed? The broad nature of this BSc (Hons) Forensic Science with Criminology degree opens up job opportunities within forensic science, as well as the wider criminal justice sector. The structure of the Forensic Science with Criminology course allows you to take a combination of modules from our forensic science and criminology degrees, with approximately two-thirds of course content relating to forensic science and one third to criminology.
This Forensic Science with Criminology course will allow you to explore your interests in the scientific and forensic investigation of crime whilst at the same time allowing you to explore your interests in the nature, consequences and prevention of criminal behaviour. Within our purpose-built forensic science laboratories and unique Crime Scene House, you’ll gain invaluable training in processing crime scenes, analysing a wide range of forensic evidence types and presenting evidence in court. This course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
The course takes you on a journey from crime scene to court, experiencing many traditional and specialist fields of forensic investigation, allowing you become an expert both in the laboratory analysis of evidence using techniques derived from the field of chemistry whilst exploring critical issues in the interdisciplinary field of criminal investigation and criminal behaviour which explores research from a range of scientific and social areas.
It explores crime scene investigation and the criminal justice sector at introductory levels, followed by analytical and forensic investigations of a wide range of evidence types, leading to you acquiring an ability to provide a full scientific and statistical evaluation of evidence.
You will also study the various relationships between professionals in the criminal justice sector, including how forensic scientists work along with the police forensic team and the wider criminal justice sector to achieve successful prosecutions.
You will gain practical experience in the use of key state-of-the-art instrumentation found in modern forensic analysis laboratories, plus gain a comprehensive training in the protocols involved in crime scene investigation by conducting casework-based experiments and processing simulated scenes in our crime scene house.
The course has a modular structure:
You will learn through a combination of lectures, discussion based or practical seminars, tutorials and laboratory classes. A typical week involves six lectures, up to eight hours of practical work, and some small group tutorials. Self-directed study also plays a part in each module.
Students are assessed using a variety of different approaches including end of year examinations, in-term tests, practical and laboratory skills assessments, written essay-style coursework, online short answer assessments, laboratory reports, simulated case work files, preparation of witness statements, data analysis exercises, mock court sessions and oral presentations.
Many of the tasks and assessments you will complete have transferable skills embedded within them including independent learning, working as part of a team, numeracy, planning, organisation and communication skills.
You will train in our Forensic Science facilities where you will learn key skills in our purpose-built laboratories and in our scenes of crime house.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to include Chemistry and another Science but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include Chemistry and another Science but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject to include Chemistry modules (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include grade 5 in Biology and another Science (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Science or Maths Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Applicants taking Science A levels in England will need to pass the practical element alongside achieving the requested
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Our Forensic Science with Criminology degree course provides broad-based scientific training which does not restrict graduates when they choose their career. You will gain an excellent portfolio of practical skills that are in demand by employers, including research and report writing skills, the ability to analyse a range of evidence types and present evidence in court. You will also be trained using the same instruments and techniques as practising forensic scientists, which will give you an advantage when applying for graduate positions.
To increase your employability, you may be able to spend a year working in industry mid-way through the course, which is an excellent way to expand your range of skills.
The University of South Wales has excellent links with universities overseas and you may have the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad. We offer an exciting range of destinations from Europe to as far afield as the USA or even Australia. The experience of living and studying in another country could change your whole outlook on life and boost your attractiveness to potential employers.
The skills and knowledge of our forensic science and criminology graduates are highly desirable. Career opportunities for our forensic science graduates have been very good, gaining posts all over the world in forensic laboratories, crime scene investigation teams, toxicology, police forces, biomedical and environmental laboratories, fingerprint bureaus, insurance investigation and health and safety.
A Forensic Science with Criminology degree is also an excellent foundation for a broad range of criminal justice careers where forensic awareness plays a key role. Popular career routes for Criminology students include the Crown Prosecution Service, police force, prison, probation, protection and victim support services and social work. This degree is relevant for new careers such as intelligence analysis and crime reduction officers. Many of our graduates also progress to postgraduate study and research.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.