FdSc Forensic Investigation

'Forensic Investigation' is the new name for 'Crime and Investigative Studies'.

Are you interested in crime, forensic science, and policing, but unsure which subject to study? If so, you will cover them all on our course. We combine the crime scene examination part of forensic science with other crime-related subjects, such as policing, and criminal justice.

We will help you to understand both the theoretical and practical aspects of forensic and criminal investigations. We will look at the impact of various crime types on victims and how the police deal with the investigation to bring about justice.

In the classroom, you will explore the investigative techniques used by police services, alongside contemporary issues including evidence based policing and crime prevention. You will also gain experience in dealing with a wide range of crime scenes, from burglaries to murders.

Learning about the criminal justice system in the UK, you will find out how your investigation of different crimes can have a significant impact, and how report your investigative findings to other professional colleagues.

Our lecturers have first-hand experience of crime scene analysis, policing and criminal justice. As well as benefiting from their knowledge, you will have guest lectures from visiting professionals and get an understanding of the workplace through visits to places such as the Crown Court, and other field trips.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 30 students.

  • You will be taught by specialist practitioners with range of expertise in Forensic Investigation.
  • Field trips and guest lectures from a range of practitioners are embedded into the course.
  • After successful completion of the FdSc Levels 4 and 5, you have the opportunity to complete the Level 6 of the BSc (Hons) to obtain a full honours degree.

72 UCAS points:

  • A-levels
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma
  • Cambridge Technicals Level 3
  • IB Diploma
  • Access to HE

Students who do not qualify by any of these qualifications should call 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience.

You must have GCSEs English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above.

We accept A-level General Studies and AS-levels when combined with other full qualifications.

If English is not your first language you will require IELTS score of 6.0 (with 5.5 minimum in each skill) or an equivalent English Language  qualification.

ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APCL) FOR ENTRY

APCL relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study. If you have previously completed a course which is relevant to your proposed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eligible for consideration you must be able to provide certification, which shows your success in a final assessment for that course. Learning must be completed in the last five years or further evidence of updating will be required. Simple participation in a course or an attendance certificate is not sufficient.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL)

UCP offers students flexibility in their studies, by recognising learning they may have completed elsewhere before they apply. The Accreditation of Prior Learning processes ensure that we can take this into account when determining the modules you must study. It is important that you should identify any relevant prior learning when you apply.  If your previous study specifically relates to modules on the course you wish to undertake we may approve a reduced programme of study, thus shortening the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learning completed through an earlier course of study, this is called Prior Certificated Learning, and where learning has been achieved through relevant work or experience, this is referred to as Prior Experiential Learning. Claims must be approved before you commence a course.

EXEMPTIONS BASED ON ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR EXPERIENTIAL CERTIFICATED LEARNING (APEL)

It is important to understand that the APEL process does not award academic credit for experience alone, but for learning which can be shown to have been achieved through that experience. Students are required to prepare an individual case for the credit arising from their learning experiences. This normally means that a student receives support in the preparation of a portfolio, in which their claim is justified in detail and is supported by relevant evidence. This portfolio of evidence is then submitted for assessment and the possible award of academic credit. Alternative methods of assessment of evidence may be available but needs to be discussed with the Admissions team or Course Leader.

If you have any questions about entry requirements contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • Introduction to Forensic Techniques (15 credits)
  • Academic Skills (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Policing (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Fingerprint Techniques (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Body Fluids and DNA Techniques (15 credits)
  • Crime Scene Recording (15 credits)
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
  • Evidence Based Policing and Crime Prevention (15 credits)
  • Crime Scene Investigation (15 credits)
  • Major Crime Investigations (15 credits)
  • Cyber Crime Investigations (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Working in the Criminal Justice Sector (15 credits)
  • Police Investigations (30 credits)

A typical 15 credit module is 150 hours includes 36 hours of tutor led delivery and 114 hours of recommended independent study.  A typical 30 credit module is 300 hours includes 72 hours of tutor led delivery and 228 hours of recommended independent study.  A full-time student should expect to undertake 38 additional hours per week during term-time.

When studying this course at University Centre Peterborough, we will timetable your lectures as two full days a week over two semesters per year (part-time will be one to two full days a week over two semesters per year).

Over the duration of your course, teaching will be delivered by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 50%     Lectures
  • 25%     Seminars
  • 25%     Workshops
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 50%     Lectures
  • 25%     Seminars
  • 25%     Workshops

Each semester is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teaching weeks and 3 assessment weeks. If studying full-time you will be in classes, seminars and tutorials for approximately 15 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in independent study and extra-curricular activities.

We recommend that full-time students allow up to an additional 40 hours per week for additional study. The campus is open Monday to Friday throughout the whole year and open late until 9.00pm from Monday to Thursday during term time. You also have 24/7 access to online resources from Anglia Ruskin University.

Timetables are available at least one month before enrolment and you can refer to the academic calendar for examination weeks and resit periods. Note that the days of the week you study may change each year and in some circumstances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Throughout the duration of your course you will be assessed by the following methods:

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)
  • 50%     Coursework
  • 20%     Written Exams
  • 30%     Practical Exams
Final year for full-time students (Level 5)
  • 50%     Coursework
  • 20%     Written Exams
  • 30%     Practical Exams

We will provide, by the beginning of the first week of each semester, a current module guide with all the information you need for each module, including details of assessment tasks, the deadlines for these tasks, the required format and any relevant guidance.

A formative assessment workshop is written into all module plans and usually take place in weeks 9 or 10 of the semester.  Each course includes a summative feedback session where marked work is returned.

When a student has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 they become eligible for a foundation. The award classification is determined by calculating the credit weighted arithmetic mean of the module results for all modules at level 5.The following classifications are determined by the above calculation:

70%+         Distinction
60-69%     Merit
40-59%     Pass
0-39%       Fail

A Forensic Investigation student who has achieved 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 has three options.

  1. They may choose to accept their foundation degree, with the classification calculated as described above, and cease their studies.
  2. Alternatively they may choose to apply for the level 6 BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation course as a new student in order to achieve a second qualification based solely on their level 6 credits.
  3. A third option allows students to decline conferment of their FdA qualification and continue as an existing student so that both level 5 and level 6 credits are used in the calculation of their BSc (Hons) award. Guidance will be provided to students making this decision.

After successful completion of the FdSc Levels 4 and 5, you have the opportunity to complete the BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation to obtain a full honours degree with a further year of study.

Future careers after completing this course may include:

  • Police Scientific Support Officer
  • Police Photographer
  • Police Community Support Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Border Force Officer
  • Immigration Officer

I am the Course Leader for the FdSc and BSc (Hons) Forensic Investigation degrees at University Centre Peterborough.  I started lecturing at University Centre Peterborough on 2016 and use my industrial experience in Crime Scene Investigation and Photography to bring a ‘real world’ perspective to the course.

I am highly experienced in my specialised field as I have 12 years’ experience as a Crime Scene Investigator for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, which saw me work on many major incidents and high profile cases and attending over five thousand crime scenes. I also have eight years’ experience as a freelance motorsport photographer making photography in any situation second nature to me.

From an early age, I’ve always had a fascination with science and technology and combining this with the artistic element of photography is something I really enjoy. When my free time allows I still enjoy photographing motorsport events and keeping up to date with the advances in forensic science.

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Behavioural Science, Leicester University
  • Diploma in Crime Scene Examination, Durham University

When you have chosen a course to study at University Centre Peterborough, your next step is to make an application.

All full-time applications for UK and EU students must be made to UCAS via a web-based tracker system – www.ucas.com (the institution code for University Centre Peterborough is P56).

All part-time and postgraduate applications can be directly to University Centre Peterborough. Contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk to start your application.

If you only wish to apply to University Centre Peterborough and already have the entry requirements, you can also apply directly to us by downloading and completing the following form.

Before you apply, please check that you meet the entry requirement which is listed on the course information pages.

WHEN TO APPLY

For full-time undergraduate and HNC/D applications, we advise you to make an application for your chosen course as soon as possible to secure your place. We will process your application within 1 to 5 working days so you know if you have a successfully received an unconditional or conditional offer. We are available to help you through every step of the way.

First UCAS deadline
Applications for the majority of undergraduate courses will be made by 6.00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2019.

UCAS Extra
If you missed the first UCAS deadline, you can still apply through UCAS Extra from Monday 25th February to Thursday 4th July 2019. This also gives you the opportunity to add UCP as an additional choice if you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers.

Clearing
From Friday 5th July 2019 you can apply via UCAS through Clearing.

This is open to those who have not yet applied or students who have waited until they have received their grades. However, you do not need to wait until you receive your grades before applying through Clearing.

If you have applied and been accepted at another university, you still have the opportunity to change to study at University Centre Peterborough.

WHAT IF I DON’T GET THE GRADES I EXPECTED?

Don’t panic. If you have done better or worse than you expected, contact University Centre Peterborough during Clearing and we will let you know very quickly. During this time of year we have additional staff so you can speak to admissions and academic staff who can advise if you can be accepted on a degree. We are used to helping hundreds of students at this time of year so you can feel assured that you receive the best advice and support.

If you have any questions about making an application contact the Admissions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@ucp.ac.uk.

Key Facts

UCAS Code
F411
Institution code
P56
Accredited by:
Anglia Ruskin University

Location
University Centre Peterborough (60%) / Peterborough Regional College (40%)

Duration and Delivery

2 years full-time 
(2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

3 years full-time 
(1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)


Start Date
w/c 16th September 2019

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students starting in 2019/20 will be £8,000 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.

All full-time undergraduate students will receive £500 cash reward at the end of every year and students from low income households can apply for a £500 cash bonus after the first semester of every year (subject to eligibility).

Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 60 credits per year will be 50% of the tuition fee).

There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.


Additional Notes

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