Foundation Degree (FdSc) Forensic Science (full-time)
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's Salisbury campus and franchised by Bournemouth University, the aim of the programme is to prepare the student for working in a forensic science or related environment. 

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Forensic Science will give the student sufficient vocational skills and knowledge to be attractive to employers at the end of the two years study. An additional third year onto a top up year to achieve a full BSc degree would place all the knowledge gained and skills developed to good use in the forensic science field.

Year one of the Foundation Degree lays the foundation for the modules encountered in year two.

The number of students at any one year will be relatively small so all students will have maximum support from each module and personal tutor. This will inevitably be required as students learn new scientific and mathematical skills.

Students will be required to research current topics in their area of study and a specific module has been designed in the first year to help them understand how best to achieve this.

In the second year, a Work Related Project will allow the learner to apply their knowledge gained to a real-world issue linked to their area of interest within the programme.

Overall, the course is intended to produce students who are ‘fit for work’ with the theoretical and practical knowledge which would benefit any employer in the forensic science field.

What will I learn?

After completing these two years, you will gain a Foundation Degree in Forensic Science and you may choose to continue onto a third year to give you the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree in Forensic Science which is planned for delivery at Bournemouth University from September 2021.

The course includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Introduction to the Forensic Process and Law
  • Fundamental Chemistry
  • Practical Laboratory Skills
  • Mathematics for Science
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Essential Biology and Physiology

Year Two:

  • Professional Development Portfolio
  • Criminal Investigation Protocols and Procedures
  • Work Related Project
  • Forensic Evidence and the Legal System
  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Forensic Analytical Methods

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have:

  • 48 UCAS Tariff Points (normally to include Biology), e.g. 2Es or 1C at A Level or an AVCE Double Award at EE or BTEC / City and Guilds National Technical Diploma.


  • Additionally, candidates will normally be expected to present passes at grade C (4) or above in at least three other subjects (Double or Triple Science) at GCSE level or equivalent; passes at grade C (4) and above in English and Mathematics will be normally expected.


  • Learning through experience demonstrated in portfolios or records of achievement and / or by specific learning tasks set at interview and confirmed by employer reference(s).


  • A combination of academic and experiential learning to be considered on its individual merits.

Applicants whose first language is not English must offer evidence of qualifications in written and spoken English.  Acceptable qualifications are TOEFL 550, IELTS 6.0 or direct equivalents.

Learners who do not have sufficient experience or formal qualifications may be eligible to attend the Foundation Year of their chosen Foundation Degree provided they meet the minimum entry requirements.

Study, assessment and qualifications

During each module, you will undertake assignments that count towards its assessment.  Assessment of all modules will be by both assignments and exams.

All modules are designed to enable you to engage in new areas of knowledge to acquire practical experience of a range of activities relevant to your employment within the forensic science industry and to encourage you to engage in critical reflection.

Teaching and Learning:

You will be given the opportunity to participate in lectures and workshops, plan and deliver presentations to your peers, research areas of relevance to the degree programme, critically evaluate the validity and implications of information and work with a wide variety of forensic science hardware and software.

Work Placements:

There is no Work Placement requirement for the Foundation Degree although there is a Work Related Project to be completed in year 2 of the programme which may require the student to liaise with a local company or organisation.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme via UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £8,200 per year (£14,500 per year for international students).

The UCAS institution code for this programme is B50.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 413F.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit for more information.

What could I do next?

On completion of this course, students may choose to continue onto a third year to give them the opportunity to attain a full Honours degree which is planned for delivery at Bournemouth University from September 2021.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.