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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

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Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.


You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. With small class sizes, you’ll enjoy quality contact time with lecturers, and the attention and support when you need it. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. Contact time varies between modules, but typically comprises of around 2-3 hours contact per week for each module.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library and HE hubs

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning hours, and assessment activity plus field trips (where relevant), with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. Your actual contact hours may depend on the course you study. An indication of how much time allocated to different activities is included within course specification.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.

Standard Additional Course Costs

Please see here for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. Please read this PDF for examples of extra costs that may be incurred. 


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Some modules may contain at least one piece of practice or 'formative' assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Method of assessment

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the modules that form part of your course. The majority of the courses offered at the College use coursework as the main method of assessment. Further information regarding the methods of assessment for your course can be obtained from the Course Manager.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. We normally aim to provide you with feedback on your assessment within 10 working days of hand-in.  


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."

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