If a student has studied a foundation year and automatically progresses onto an already accredited degree course then "de facto" the foundation year can be included in the accreditation. E.g. students studying the Level 3 progressing directly on to Levels 4-6 would already be on an accredited course. This foundation year may not contribute a large amount of forensic content as it would be expected to be a lot of fundamental science.
If an accredited BSc course (Levels 3-6) has a different UCAS number from the course with the foundation year (Levels 3-6) then it is classed as a different course and would need to be assessed separately.
During the 6 year accreditation cycle, between surveillance reviews, accreditation can be granted to a course with a foundation year, providing the Level 3 continues on to the accredited Levels 4-6 with the students specifically applying for Levels 3-6. The Level 3 will be incorporated into the next surveillance review, either full surveillance or accreditation.
return to useful information.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
Copthall Bridge House, Station Bridge
Telephone +44 (0)1423 790 391