City College Plymouth

FdSc Forensic Science

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Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (FSFD109)

      This module provides an introduction to fundamental theoretical concepts and practical skills in inorganic and physical chemistry that can be applied to Forensic Science. These include structure and bonding, chemical properties of the Periodic Table thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. It also provides training in fundamental practical techniques and good laboratory practice.

    • Numerical Methods (FSFD111)

      An understanding of the concepts of mathematics and statistics and the ability to apply them. The module will help students acquire an understanding of the principles and tools they need in the application of Forensic Science.

    • Biological Forensic Science (FSFD112)

      This module develops the learning, knowledge and understanding of the biological science as applied to Forensic Science. It also explores the relationship of Forensic Science to criminal investigation, including how evidence is gathered, recorded, processes and reported.

    • Chemical/Physical Forensic Science (FSFD113)

      This module develops the learning knowledge and understanding of the chemical and physical science as applied to Forensic Science. It also explores the relationship of Forensic Science to criminal investigation including how evidence is gathered, recorded, processed and reported.

    • Professional Practice (FSFD114)

      This module is designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have the qualities and transferable skills necessary for relevant employment requiring the exercise of responsibility and decision making, including the ability to relate their professional practice to underlying theory and principles.

    • Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (FSFD118)

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Research Skills (FSFD205)

      This module enables students to identify a range of different research methods, processes and considerations which are central in conducting a research project in their academic or professional discipline.

    • Further Chemistry (FSFD210)

      An understanding of the concepts of mathematics and statistics and the ability to apply them. The module will help students acquire an understanding of the principles and tools they need in the application of Forensic Science.

    • Forensic Psychology (FSFD211)

      This module will enable students to evaluate and analyse a variety of psychological approaches within forensic psychology. Students will be able to identify, assess and comment upon the effectiveness of psychological approaches within forensic psychology. They will be required to reflect upon the relationships between psychological strategies and other methods relating to Forensic Science.

    • Analytical Chemistry (FSFD213)

      This module will require students to investigate fundamental aspects of qualitative and quantitative analytical chemistry as applied to Forensic Science. This module explores the aspects of precision and accuracy.

    • Further Forensic Science (FSFD216)

      This module extends the learning knowledge and understanding of the chemical, physical and biological science as applied to Forensic Science. It also explores the role of the forensic scientist as an expert witness.

    • The English Legal System & Criminal Justice (FSFD217)

      This module examines key elements of the English Legal System, and its relevance to Forensic Science practitioners. It also examines the roles of organisations within the Criminal Justice System of England and Wales taking into account current trends and prospective policies in law and order.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City College Plymouth
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

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