Analytical and Forensic Science Foundation Degree

Course Overview


Duration: Two years

This course is suitable for those interested in a career in analytical or forensic sciences. 

Updated October 2020

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Entry Requirements

A typical offer is:
A Level = DD
BTEC L3 Extended Diploma = PPP
BTEC L3 90-Credit Diploma = MM.

Course Delivery

The two year course will be delivered through lectures, practical demonstrations, simulations, tutorials and role playing. Assessment is through examinations, practical write-ups, reports, presentations and practical abilities at crime scenes. 

The course is traditional physical, organic, biological and analytical science mixed with forensic science, criminalistics and DNA analysis.

Level 4 units in the first year:

  • the forensic sciences
  • crime scene investigation science
  • cellular and molecular biology
  • key skills for analytical and forensic scientists
  • organic chemistry and an introduction to spectroscopy
  • physical and inorganic chemistry

Level 5 units in the second year:

  • biochemistry and biotechnology
  • practical skills in forensic and bioanalysis
  • forensic evidence and the legal system
  • analytical chemistry (studied at the University of South Wales)
  • work related project

Progression Opportunities

The course gives students the relevant skills and knowledge for careers in the analytical/forensic science sector. Alternatively, students can join the final year of the BSc (Hons) Analytical and Forensic Science top up degree at University of South Wales. 

Additional Information

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Student may be able to gain recognition for previous learning.  Please contact for advice if you feel this may be relevant, further information is available at:

UCAS course code: 4F10

Tuition fees are £7,500 per year. For academic year 2021/22, students will need to get a tuition fee loan for the full amount. The College is offering a £1,000 bursary per year towards full time HE courses starting in September 2021 (this is dependant on satisfactory course progression). For information on financial support - including tuition fee loans - please visit

There may be additional costs associated with this course i.e:

  • travel to and from college, or placement
  • photocopying, stationery and equipment costs (e.g. USB sticks)
  • printing and binding
  • gowns for graduation ceremonies
Course deliverable in Welsh: