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Applied Forensic Science HNC (Level 4) – Full-time

Course outline

This exciting new Level 4 course introduces the world of the forensic scientist and crime scene investigator as well as the practical science skills required to become a practicing forensic analyst.

These include biochemistry and cell biology, together with an introduction to the criminal justice system within which many forensic scientists work. The course delivers introductory modules in the methods of forensic analysis and the role of forensic science in modern society.

You’ll develop knowledge and understanding of forensic science theories and practice to be able to apply them in a variety of related contexts. This course will be based at our new £58 million City Hub campus, just by Nottingham train station. The campus boasts state-of-the-art science laboratories, including specialist forensic resources. Other campus facilities include a commercial restaurant, cafe, theatre, dance studios, media suites and library.

HNC core modules include:

  • Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
  • Scientific Data Handling Approaches and Techniques
  • Regulation and Quality in the Applied Sciences
  • Cell Biology
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Criminal Investigation

HNC optional modules include:

  • Anatomy and Human Physiology
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Theories and Causes of Crime
  • Psychology in the Forensic Setting
  • Sampling and Sample Preparation
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Work-based Investigation

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: FOR1
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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 25th September 2023

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C038802 / Q038803


Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Applied Forensic Science


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points (preferably including a science-based subject).

You must have achieved GCSE passes at Grades A* - C/ 9 - 4 in English Language and Maths or equivalent.

Mature students with relevant industrial experience are encouraged to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Units are assessed via a range of internally set and assessed assignments including: reports, case studies, oral presentations, practical assessments, individual project work, data analysis, research, investigation, problem-solving tasks and portfolios of evidence.


From the HNC, you could progress on to our Higher National Diploma (HND) in Applied Forensic Science or enter into employment.

If you continue onto the Level 5 HND, upon successful completion you could go into employment or progress onto a wide range of science-based top-up degree courses, such as a BSc (Hons) or to further professional study in Forensic Science or a related discipline.