University of Chester
Archaeology and Forensic Biology BA (Hons)
University of Chester

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 15 graduates of Archaeology and Forensic Biology BA (Hons) and other courses in at University of Chester for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
65 /100
15 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in forensic and archaeological sciences

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20000 £18000 £21000
25-75 percentile range £19000 - £25500 £13000 - £22000 £15500 - £26500

Salary of all UK Graduates of forensic and archaeological sciences

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20892 £21810 £24889
25-75 percentile range £18032 - £24163 £17121 - £26249 £19870 - £30751

Course Description

Teaching takes place at the Parkgate Road Campus.

For Forensic biology, a combination of forensic aspects with a thorough grounding in the traditional science of biology, in particular the molecular biology techniques and DNA profiling. The techniques learnt are transferable to other biological disciplines and provide a solid foundation for anyone wanting to study further.

Archaeology is the study of the human past, from the hunter-gatherers of Ice Age Europe to the inhabitants of modern cities. At Chester, our course provides you with an understanding of these past societies and the techniques that we use to study them. The course aims to provide you with a wide range of skills, such as field survey and excavation, critical reading and writing, and scientific analysis; as well as the opportunity to specialise in particular periods or themes.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Archaeology and Forensic Biology, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Archaeology and Forensic Biology BA (Hons) at University of Chester

25% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
20% Natural and social science professionals
15% Elementary occupations
10% Administrative occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Caring personal services
5% Sales occupations
5% Protective service occupations

For Forensic Biology, assessments are designed to challenge and encourage both your academic skills and skills valid in the workplace. They include a combination of coursework and end-of-module examinations. Coursework includes essays and reports, data processing and oral presentations. For Archaeology, assessment is varied: written work in the form of essays, reports and portfolios, oral presentations, and examinations all feature. In all cases our assessment develops and enhances your key employability skills.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for forensic and archaeological sciences

Qualification requirements

112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels. Typical offer - BCC/BBC The department requires one of the following subjects as essential for entry: GCE A Level: Biology, Human Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Science GCE Applied A Level: Applied Science

BBBB including Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology

Access to HE Diploma (Science) course to include 30 level 3 credits at Merit or above

26 points including 5 in Biology or Chemistry

BTEC Extended Diploma (Applied Science): DMM

One of these must include Biology, Chemistry or Human Biology

Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

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

    • 6.5
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Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Archaeology and Forensic Biology, BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Archaeology and Forensic Biology BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1

Additional fee information

The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.

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)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of University of Chester in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Chester in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #17 
    • #23 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 08 June, 2023]

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About University of Chester

The University of Chester, as the name suggests, is a university located in Chester. The university is formally affiliated with the Christian faith, but they make it clear in their mission statement that students of all faiths or no faith at all are welcome at their university. Chester operates from a total of six campuses, five of which are in Chester, the other in Warrington, with the main campus building being known as Parkgate Road Campus.

Student composition of University of Chester

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Chester Parkgate Road/Kingsway/Riverside/Queen's Park Campus
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