UWS Clearing

Forensic Science


BSc (Hons)

4 years full-time, 5 years full-time (sandwich), typically 6 years part-time


September 2023



About the course

Kick-start your career in the criminal justice system with UWS’s BSc (Hons) Forensic Science degree.

You’ll develop expertise in crime scene examination and the scientific examination of recovered materials.

This will prepare you for life as a forensic scientist capable of using the latest chemical and biological techniques to analyse materials such as drugs, toxicology samples, trace evidence, DNA and ignitable liquids.


  • This degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to work as a Forensic Scientist in a lab or crime scene.
  • You’ll work with simulated crime scenes to identify, record and collect evidence in a realistic manner.
  • Learning is consolidated through site visits, workshops, role-play and presentations.
  • Guest lectures from industry professionals, industry-based projects and work placements will increase your employability.
  • Upon completion of this degree, you’ll be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (AMRSC).

Applications for this course are open to people currently residing in:


Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

Rest of UK (Eng, Wales & NI) & Republic of Ireland

Year 1: Open

Year 2: Open

Year 3: Open

International (including EU/EEA)

Year 1: Closed

Year 2: Closed

Year 3: Closed

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Scottish Highers: BCC  (69 UCAS Tariff points) including Chemistry
  • A levels: DDD  (72 UCAS Tariff points) including Chemistry
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 including Chemistry
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points including Chemistry
  • Scottish Wider Access Programme: Access to Science (including Chemistry) or Access to Medicine BBB

All Year 2 applications considered on an individual basis:

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD (112 UCAS Tariff points) including Chemistry and either Biology or Human Biology
  • A levels: BCC (104 UCAS Tariff points) including Chemistry and either Biology or Human Biology
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points including Chemistry and Biology at Higher Level
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Applied Science or relevant science subject
  • Applications to Year 3 considered on an individual basis

How to Apply


You can apply for this course, as well as keep up-to-date with your undergraduate application, via the UCAS Hub.

Your UCAS Hub account will be updated once a decision has been made on your application and you’ll be notified.

Clearing Guide

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Enquire about this course

If you’re not sure about anything, get in touch – we are here to help!

T: 0800 027 1000 (Freephone within the UK)
T: +44 (0)141 849 4101 (outwith the UK)
E: clearing@uws.ac.uk


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