Kingston University
Forensic Science (Foundation) BSc (Hons)
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • This course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences for the component standards in Interpretation, Evaluation and Presentation of Evidence; Laboratory Analysis; and Crime Scene Investigation. When you graduate you’ll be eligible to apply to be an Associate of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.

  • This course received 100 percent overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2020).

  • Kingston University is No.1 in London for Biosciences (Guardian League Table 2021).

  • We have cutting-edge facilities in DNA analysis, archaeology, questioned documents, toxicology and drug confirmation. Equipment is based on what is used in real-life examinations. There is also a designated crime scene house.

About this course

How is scientific evidence gathered from a crime scene? How is it analysed and used in investigation? How is it interpreted and presented in court?

This course prepares you for a career in this increasingly important area. Case studies, fieldwork and lab work cover all aspects of investigating a crime scene. These include crime scene processing, forensic archaeology, drugs, toxicology, DNA, body fluids, entomology, fibres, fire investigation and ballistics. You’ll also have an introduction to criminal law, which includes cross examination in a mock courtroom setting.

Specialist topics include blood pattern analysis (BPA), expert witness training, counterfeits and forgeries, and the analysis of trace evidence.etting.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences provides an accreditation system for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in forensic science and related topics. Accreditation is given provided the course content meets with the Society's component standards which provide a quality endorsement of the course.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 19 graduates of Forensic Science (Foundation) BSc (Hons) at Kingston University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Forensic Science.

Overall student satisfaction
87 /100
19 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Forensic Science

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20089 £20544 £23848
25-75 percentile range £18012 - £24095 £16387 - £24906 £18636 - £29331

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Forensic Science (Foundation), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Modules

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops and practicals using specialist teaching areas such as our scene-of-crime house, private bone collection and state of the art analytical laboratories. Forms of assessment include end-of-module exams, coursework exercises, laboratory reports, and presentations.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. General Studies not accepted.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Any subject considered

Any subject not continued onto A2 level would be considered for this programme alongside at least one other full A Level.

A pass in any Access to HE Diploma would be considered suitable for this programme

Any subject considered.

Any subject considered

Any subject considered

Any subject considered.

Considered in any subject alongside at least one other full Level 3 qualification such as an A Level

Any subject considered

With a minimum of a grade 4 at Higher Level English or a grade 5 Standard Level English.

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T Levels T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other further education courses. T Level focuses on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher education and/or apprenticeships. Students who study T Level spend 80% of the course in the classroom, learning the skills that employers need. The other 20% is a meaningful industry placement, where they put these skills into action. T Levels are the equivalent to three A levels and we recognise the UCAS tariff points they attract in line with other qualifications that aid progression to higher education.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Forensic Science (Foundation), BSc (Hons).

Costs

Tuition Fees Forensic Science (Foundation) BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

For international fees, please visit:
https://www.kingston.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/fees/

Please visit the provider course webpage for further information regarding additional course costs

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Kingston University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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Where is this programme taught

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