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HNC Applied Sciences (Forensic Science)

UCAS code: 
F411
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
East Coast College (Lowestoft)

Duration: 

One year full-time

Typical Offer: 

60 UCAS tariff points or above (or the equivalent)

The HNC in Applied Sciences (Forensic Science) is designed to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the Forensic Science sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

Introduction

The HNC in Applied Sciences (Forensic Science) is designed to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the Forensic Science sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it.

The course offers students a broad introduction to the forensic science and professional laboratory science via mandatory units, while allowing for the acquisition of specialist skills and experience through specialist forensic science modules. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and workplace learning and experience.

The course is delivered at the University of Suffolk at East Coast College (Lowestoft). Students studying full-time on HNC in Applied Sciences (Forensic Science) are likely to have approximately 300hrs contact hours for level 4. The contact hours will be a mix of lectures, seminars, group work, VLE activity and practical activities including trips and visits (where available). Students will normally be expected to undertake 20 hours of independent study in an average week, but should be prepared for this to vary based on assignment deadlines and class exercises.

Course modules

The course is delivered at Lowestoft Sixth Form. Students studying full-time on Higher National Certificate in Applied Science (Forensics) are likely to have approximately 12 contact hours per week. The year is divided into two 15 week semesters, of which 12 are teaching weeks, with 3 per semester devoted to assessment activities and preparation for Assessment Boards. The contact hours will be a mix of class sessions (lecture, seminar), practical activities, laboratory sessions, developmental workshop sessions and tutorials. Students will normally be expected to undertake a minimum of a further 20 hours of independent study in an average week, but should be prepared for this to vary based on assignment deadlines and class exercises.

A variety of assessments will be used on the course to enable students to experience and adapt to different assessment styles. The assessment methods used will be appropriate to assess each module’s intended learning outcomes. Assessment on the course overall will be approximately 70% coursework (including essays, reports and a time-constrained essay), and 30% laboratory and practical reports.

Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences (Pearson-set)
Cell Biology
Fundamentals of Biochemistry
Criminal Investigation
Theories and Causes of Crime
Psychology in the Forensic Setting

Fees and finance

2022-23*

  • Full-time tuition fee: £6,168 p.a. 
  • Part-time tuition fee: £771/£1,028 p.a. per 15/20 credits (Please contact the Student Centre for further information)
  • Full-time International tuition fee: £6,570

Further Information

At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for. 

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.