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Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 1 Year Top-Up


About the course

UCAS Code: FF44 (View this course on UCAS) | UCAS Institution Code: L68

This course is perfect if you enjoy crime scene investigation and forensic science and want the skills required to work as a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO).

  • Obtain a full honours degree with this 1 year top-up course
  • Gain practical experience in our mock crime scenes

Delivered in collaboration with employers including the British Transport Police Forensic Science Unit.

This unique crime scene investigation course (CSI) prepares you for a range of careers in law enforcement, the criminal justice system and laboratory-based professions, including as a Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) or a Police Officer.  Delivered in collaboration with British Transport Police Forensic Science Unit, this course provides the skills employers demand. Providing training in the most up-to-date methods of crime scene forensic theory and practice, this course includes practical laboratory sessions as well as the opportunity to participate in field exercises, role-play scenarios with police staff and forensic projects, including obtaining forensic evidence and presenting in a court of law.  Our replica crime scenes enable you to gain practical experience obtaining forensic evidence from a range of scenarios, including household and fire settings.

Foundation Degree or HND (240 credits).The subject of your qualification should be crime scene investigation or forensic science related.

In addition GCSE English language and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalent) or above.

Students for which English is a second language are required to pass the IELTS test achieving a minimum of level 6.

Offering the right balance between acquiring knowledge and developing practical skills, the course is tailored to todays CSI sector.

During your studies, you will benefit from an experienced course team with expertise in many aspects of crime scene investigation and forensic science.

Modules include:

  • Advanced Crime Scene Investigation
  • Research Project
  • Forensic Identification
  • Death Estimations

See the full course specification here. [PDF]

Assessment methods include coursework, exams and observed practicals, plus an element of reflective practice in some assignments allowing students to plan their future careers.

This course prepares you for a career in crime scene investigation and/or forensic science. During the course, you will be based in a crime scene setting allowing you to gain valuable work experience within your chosen field. Upon completion of the course students can apply for positions such as Scene of Crime Officer, Post Mortem Technician, positions within the Public Services and post graduate qualifications in a variety of related fields.

Winning has really helped me with my confidence and drive

Rona Hassan

Rona Hassan

Studied: FdSc in Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation

Winner of Gold for forensic science at World Skills UK – The Skills Show.

Rona Hassan is studying an FdSc in Forensic and Crime Scene Investigation at the College’s Centre for Applied Sciences, and was encouraged to take part in the World Skills UK competition. Seriously impressing, she won the Gold medal ahead of other students studying at university.

Rona said: “I am so proud to have received the gold medal and for City and Islington to have given me the opportunity to take part in WorldSkills. It was an amazing experience, and taking part let alone winning has really helped me with my confidence and drive to finish my course and pursue a career in forensics.

“The course is fantastic. The facilities and the teachers are excellent. I would encourage other students interested in this area to make sure whether you are doing A Level, BTEC or Access to keep studying science subjects so that you have the opportunity to take a course like this."

Course information

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24 September 2018

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Level 5
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