Analytical and Forensic Science Foundation Degree

Course Overview

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in analytical or forensic sciences. 

Updated January 2017

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Entry Requirements

A typical offer is:
A Level = DD
BTEC L3 Extended Diploma = MP or PPP
Access = Pass

Record of prior learning and transfers
For students wishing to be considered for entry, the University of South Wales Group or partner college is able, in many instances and taking into consideration the requirements of relevant professional bodies, to accredit prior learning in accordance with its published regulations.

Course Delivery

The course will be delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations, simulations, tutorials and role playing. Assessment is through examinations, practical write-ups, reports, presentations and practical abilities at crime scenes. 

The course is traditional physical, organic, biological and analytical science mixed with forensic science, criminalistics and DNA analysis.

Level 4 units in the first year:

  • the forensic sciences
  • crime scene investigation science
  • cellular and molecular biology
  • key skills for analytical and forensic scientists
  • organic chemistry and health and safety
  • physical and inorganic chemistry

Level 5 units in the second year:

  • biochemistry and biotechnology
  • practical skills in forensic and bioanalysis
  • forensic evidence and the legal system
  • analytical chemistry (studied at the University of South Wales)
  • work related project

Progression Opportunities

The course gives students the relevant skills and knowledge for careers in the analytical/forensic science sector. Alternatively, students can join the final year of the BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree at University of South Wales. 

Additional Information

UCAS course code: 4F10

Most students will pay £2,900 per year (course fees are £7,500 - some of this is paid by the Welsh Government for Welsh students. For 17/18, students will need to pay or get a tuition fee loan for the first £4,296. The college is offering a £1,000 bursary towards this for full time courses starting in September 2017.)

For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans and fee grants - please visit


Ewen McLaughlin on 01792 284117 or email

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