Cornwall College

FdSc Forensic Science

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CORC1013C Personal and Employability Skills Development

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop themselves in terms of their personal and employability skills.

    • CORC1205 Quantitative Methods

      This module will develop mathematical and statistical skills and allow students to apply these techniques in a relevant pracitcal environment.

    • CORC1214 Forensic Biology

      This module introduces students to cell biology, basic genetic principles and the anatomy and physiology of some body systems. It will also give an overview of the role of forensic pathology in assisting criminal investigations.

    • FSCP101 Forensic Science

      This module provides the student with the fundamental knowledge to understand modern forensic science techniques and their application to criminal investigations.

    • FSCP104 Crime Scene Investigation and Management

      This module provides the student with the fundamental knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in the investigation and management of crime scenes and how those processes relate to the criminal justice system.

    Optional modules
    • CORC1135 Forensic Data Capture and Recovery

      In this module learners will investigate how digital media can be used to take technically sound images that adequately record a crime scene in a way that can withstand challenge in court, and also learn how the data on media found at the crime scene may be transmitted, identified and made safe.

    • FSCP107 Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Theory and Practice 1

      This module introduces the theory and practice of the Forensic psychologist and will provide an insight into their role in the legal process.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CORC2111 Analytical Chemistry and Instrumentation for Forensic Science

      An introduction to the principles and practice of chemical analysis based around the development of laboratory skills and accurate factual reporting.

    • FSCP201 Psychology in the Courtroom

      To provide an introduction to a range of issues concerning the forensic psychologist in the courtroom. The module will provide an understanding of how psychological theories apply within the legal system.

    • FSCP205 Law for Forensic Scientists

      This module introduces the learner to the institutions and personnel of the English legal system and those principles of English law most relevant to the forensic scientist and their role as an expert witness.

    • FSCP206 Research Design and Methods

      This module develops students' knowledge, understanding and skills in research methodology, experimental design and statistical analysis. It introduces further methods of statistical inference including an introduction to multivariate methods.

    Optional modules
    • CORC2112 Crime Investigation Protocols and Procedures

      This module will provide the student with an understanding of the fundamentals of criminal investigation and the moral and legal issues involve.

    • FSCP202 Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Theory and Practice 2

      This module continues the focus on the theory and practice of the Forensic psychologist and will provide an insight into their role in the legal process.

    • FSCP207 Criminal Psychology

      This module examines current psychological explanations for criminal behaviour and the application of psychological models to prisons and recidivism.

    • FSCP208 Forensic Fire and Road Traffic Incident Investigation

    • FSCP210 Forensic Fire Incident Investigation

      This module provides students with the fundamentals of the modern techniques involved in the investigation of suspicious fires.

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.

Fees, costs and funding

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



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 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Cornwall College

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 Partners 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. 

Studying with Cornwall College

Looking to study a specialist subject at university level? Want to do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Our wide range of courses gives you the chance to pick up the skills and experience you’ll need for your chosen profession.

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