Are you interested in a rewarding career in forensic and criminal investigation but need extra support before starting your full undergraduate degree? Our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year will equip you with the skills to pursue your degree successfully and then immerse you in the entire criminal investigative process.
After building your study skills, the course will take you on an immersive journey through the entire investigative process. You’ll gain practical insight into the natural progression of criminal investigations, the interlinked areas of policing and forensics, and how various investigative personnel work together to achieve a common goal. Not only is the course delivered by experienced practitioners, but the additional use of guest lectures and webinars will provide you with a solid grounding of real practises in today’s field.
Just one of the ways this course stands out is our immersive virtual crime world, which allows you to place yourself in real-world scenarios. You’ll have the opportunity to take on a range of roles as you navigate different environments such as crime scenes, the police custody suite, the major incident room, police cells, the courtroom, the forensics lab, and a burial site where you uncover partially clothed bones. Through this, you’ll gain insight into important processes and roles within forensic and criminal investigations as a whole, preparing you for future work in the field.
This course shares the same level 4 modules as our BSc (Hons) Policing and Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year . After completing level 4, you’ll have the option to switch over to this pathway if it better suits your interests.
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Arden's foundation year modules have been designed to give you a tailored and fully supportive introduction to university study. This first year of study will prepare you for success in higher education by introducing you to the academic skills and subject-specific knowledge required to excel in your chosen degree subject.
Your course modules begin by reviewing key preparatory academic study skills to ensure you’re ready to complete your full undergraduate degree. You’ll then be taken through the entire forensic investigative process, from the scene of the crime to the courtroom. Using our unique virtual environment, you’ll also have the opportunity to assume the role of a crime scene investigator, detective, civilian investigator, and coroner, helping you translate theory to the real-world scenarios you might face in your future role.
Later in the course, you’ll study the academic components of forensic science, and the use of a wide range of modern forensic techniques, including forensic trace analysis, forensic biology and anthropology, and environmental forensics. Through level 5 elective modules, you’ll also be able to adapt your curriculum to your individual areas of interest.
Unlike on more traditional degree programmes, you won’t be sitting any exams on this course. Instead, we utilise authentic, real-world assessments that replicate the observations, interviews, and reports that would be conducted in the field as part of a real forensic and criminal investigation.
At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.
To be eligible for our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year, you should normally have:
Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can study your degree in a flexible and convenient way. That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or desktop PC (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good internet connection. Through ilearn, our online university campus in the cloud, you'll be able to access your course calendar, support services, learning materials, and our online library containing almost half a million texts, as well as creating assignments, keeping notes, and collaborating with other students on your course.
Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.
Rach Strzelecki started her career as a crime and intelligence analyst for Cleveland Police working on several major investigations including human trafficking, vulnerable missing persons, drugs, and suspicious deaths. In 2006, she started guest lecturing for Teesside University in crime analytics, intelligence, and forensic investigation before securing a permanent role as a lecturer in policing. Rach has also worked at University of Wolverhampton, Interactive Pro, and more recently Buckinghamshire College Group as an advanced practitioner leading on protective services and forensic and criminal investigation programmes. Her research has predominantly related to sexual offences and paedophilia; however, her publications have been within the field of terrorism, police and forensic investigations and online teaching and learning.
Our BSc (Hons) Forensic and Criminal Investigation with Foundation Year will provide you with the background you need to continue with further study and for future work in the field of forensic and criminal investigation.
You’ll graduate from this course with real practical insight into forensic and criminal investigation, including an in-depth understanding of:
During your Foundation Year, you'll get comprehensive support and preparation for your university journey, including:
Introduction and preparation: our Foundation Year courses introduce you to university-level teaching, learning, and assessment methods. You'll develop essential study skills, research techniques, and critical thinking abilities, laying a strong foundation for your degree studies.
Personalised support: our academic staff will guide you throughout your Foundation Year. They'll ensure a smooth transition into your degree programme, providing the support you need every step of the way.
Direct relevance to your future degree: your programme content is carefully designed to align with Arden's degree courses. Studying a Foundation Year will equip you with subject-specific knowledge and interdisciplinary exploration, establishing a solid base for your chosen degree.
Improved degree outcomes: we prioritise not only your academic preparation but also your success. By boosting your confidence, academic skills, and understanding of the subjects, we empower you to achieve the best possible degree outcomes and expand your career opportunities.
This course is for anyone interested in learning more about forensic investigation and pursuing a career within the wider forensic area. It is also an opportunity to take a fascinating deep dive into how forensic investigation works to provide you with universal skills for your future.
Additional benefits of the course include:
Once you’ve enrolled on your course with Arden you’ll get access to your Digital Backpack, a toolkit of digital resources we’ve put together to help you succeed during your time studying with us.
Here are some of the digital resources you’ll have available throughout your course: