UCAS code: F410
Typical offer: 280-320 points
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Degree duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing).
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University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.
Forensic methods are a vital part of the criminal justice process, with many agencies relying on forensic detection to help solve a range of problems. Forensic Studies at Winchester combines elements of Criminology, Psychology and Archaeology to introduce students to a wide range of applied investigative techniques, grounded in both classic and contemporary theoretical perspectives. Students will therefore come to understand Forensics as an interdisciplinary field where several subject areas converge to create a dynamic area of study. Subject areas include techniques of forensic investigation, miscarriages of justice in the criminal justice system and Forensic Psychology.
The University aims to shape confident learners by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.
Graduates of the Forensics Studies programme could expect to find work in a variety of Criminal Justice agencies and related employment fields. These include the police service, the prison service, youth and probation work and government research units e.g. at the Home Office. Students gain critical thinking and analytical skills, which would suit a range of professions that value knowledge of research skills and an understanding of contemporary social issues.
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At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.
This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.
Assessment is carefully tailored to the aims and learning outcomes of the course with a wide range of assessment types that include written reports, essays and the undertaking of research projects. The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.
As a new course there are no data on graduate employment figures. Nevertheless, graduates in Forensic Studies can expect to find employment in a wide range of criminal justice and related professions based on the research and critical thinking skills they will develop on the course. In addition, students will undertake specific modules designed to enhance their employability after they graduate.
The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.
While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, the data need to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a ';snapshot'; of one particular year';s experiences at a specific point in time.