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Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc)

De Montfort University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Foundation Degree

  • Location

    Distance Learning/Online Study

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About the course

This programme is designed for those who wish to become forensic road collision investigators or for those already working in the industry, to develop and enhance their professional skills. This includes serving police officers, insurance investigators and those who offer consultancy expertise in this area.

The course aims to provide a thorough understanding of the physical principles underlying collisions and vehicle dynamics and how mathematics can be used to describe and model collision scenarios. The course also helps you to understand how modern technology is used in forensic collision investigation. A strong emphasis is placed on the practical use of technology to investigate real-world collisions. The course provides an understanding and use of a wide range of hardware and software such as accelerometers and bespoke software for the analysis of damage to vehicles and to calculate speeds from CCTV footage.

Teaching and assessment

A variety of techniques are used throughout the course with an emphasis on lectures, supporting tutorials and practical experimentation.

The course is based with AiTS in Gloucestershire although a considerable proportion of the course is presented online with video sessions and the study of course notes. Student-centered learning takes place through the research and presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises for the development of skills and understanding. Multiple choice phase tests, short answer tests, written assignments and exams are all used to assess your knowledge.

Graduate careers

This course provides the necessary theoretical knowledge and understanding to perform work as a forensic road collision investigator. A considerable proportion of investigators start work for the police service investigating and reporting on fatal and serious injury collisions. A growing number are employed as consultants, providing support to the civil and criminal courts.

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 : C

Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English plus one of the following: 72 UCAS points with a Maths or Science A level; DMU’s UCPD in Forensic Road Collision Investigation or The City & Guilds in Forensic Road Collision Investigation for police personnel. If entering by this route students will also need to take Statistics for Collision Investigators.

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University information

De Montfort University

  • University League Table

    101st

  • Campus address

    De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 9BH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    84th out of 122 34

    20th out of 34 10

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    95 45%

    108th

    14
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%

    79th

    61
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%

    89th

    14
  • Entry standards

    / Max 167
    107 57%

    26th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%

    7th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    25th

    22

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