If you have the kind of mind that wants to solve a mystery, this innovative programme will help you understand the modern forensic techniques used to solve crimes and understand criminal behaviour. Using a combination of hands-on experience and theory-based learning, you will be introduced to the fascinating field of forensic investigation.
The programme involves the recovery of evidence from a crime scene, the use of chemical and biological techniques in the laboratory to provide evidence for court and the study of offender behaviour and the criminal justice system. Assessment is through a combination of written assignments, assessed practical work and examinations.
There are two pathways to choose from on the programme. The psychology pathway combines studies in forensic psychology with forensic science. The incident investigation pathway looks at investigative techniques involved in crime scene science and other investigations such as IT crime and fire incident enquiries. Both pathways give access to progression to a third year of study for an honours degree.
In the Personal & Employability Skills Development module you will learn both academic and, in particular, employability skills for a successful career in this expanding sector. This programme is highly contextualised with work-based learning embedded throughout.
Due to the investigative nature of the course there are some superb learning facilities on offer including a crime scene suite set up with different scenes. This is the basis of your learning; with real evidence placed in the scene, the basis of your assignments will be rooted in theory, but carried out practically, as a real crime scene investigator would do.
This means the knowledge and theory that you will learn in the class room will then be put into practice in the crime scene suite. You will have to follow protocol, collect and analyse evidence and then compile a credible report of the work you have done. In this way the learning that you do is a realistic insight into what forensic science is all about.
The confidential nature of this subject means there is a limited number of possibilities for excursions; although there have been trips to court included in the course programme. However, there are a variety of visiting academic workshops on offer; Forensic Anthropologist and Social Reconstruction. These help you to further your understanding of the forensic field through a different learning environment.
Possible careers available with this qualification:
– Crime Scene Investigation
– Law Enforcement
– Forensic Science Laboratory Technician
– Forensic Psychologist
The application process for full-time and part-time degree level courses with The Cornwall College Group starting in September 2017 is still open and we are taking applications. Full-time applicants should apply via UCAS and part-time applicants directly via the College website.
- UCAS Code: F410
- Institution codes: CORN C78
- Course Fee (per annum): £7500
48 UCAS points from AS and A-Levels (at least 32 points must be at A2-level) or relevant level 3 qualification, ie BTEC National Diploma / BTEC Extended Diploma - PPP Grades required. Access to HE Diplomas - 45 credits at level 3. Plus GCSEs at grade C/grade 4 or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics: alternatives at Level 2 may be considered. Mature applicants with relevant experience but without the stated qualifications will be considered individually and are encouraged to apply.
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- Crime Scene Investigation & Management
- Forensic Biology
- Forensic Science
- Law for Forensic Scientists
- Psychology in the Courtroom
- Research Design & Methods
- Personal & Employability Skills Development
- Analytical Chemistry & Instrumentation for Forensic Science
- Quantitative Methods
- Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Theory & Practice 1 & 2
- Criminal Psychology
Incident Investigation Pathway
- Criminal Investigation Protocols & Procedures
- Forensic Fire & Road Traffic Incident Investigation- Forensic Data Capture & Recovery
*Modules are subject to change and availability
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.
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