Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional) PG Dip

This award is made up of 60 Credits of one Core Module of Principles of Physical Assessment (15 Credits at Level 7)
For students intending to continue onto the Masters Stage they will have to undertake the Research Methods and methodology Module (15 Credits at Level7)

The remaining modules are option Modules which can be undertaken at Staffordshire University or other Universities as appropriate. However, it should be noted that the Learning Outcomes of these modules must match the learning Outcomes of the Award and agreed with the Award Leader prior to enrolment.

Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Forensic Practice(Custody Health) 60 Level 7 Credits (Masters Level)

Physical Assessment (DL or F-F) 15 Credits at Level 7
Optional Module 15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
Optional Module 15 Credits at Level 6 or 7
Research Methods and Methodologies (DL or F-F) 15 Credits at Level 7

Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 60 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Course content

Core Module; Principles of Physical Assessment which can be undertaken either via Distance Learning or Face to Face Attendance (1 Afternoon a week for 12 weeks)

Research Methods and Methodology Module is a Pre-Requisite for Project Based Change and Research Dissertation Modules and therefore mandatory if you intend to continue onto the Masters Stage of the Award. Attendance is either 3 days Face to Face or via Distance Learning) 30 Credits of this stage can be utilised in a number of different ways:

  • Level 6 or 7 Credits from Staffordshire University or other Universities modules which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader)
  • Level 6 or 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities within the previous 5 years which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader)

APEL via the APEL procedure, Level 7 Credits previously gained from Staffordshire University or other Universities over 5 years old which match the Award Learning Outcomes (to be agreed by Award Leader).

Graduate destinations

MSc in Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professionals)

PG Dip Award
January Start
Part-time Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

The MSc is delivered on a part time basis with the option of exiting with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. You will normally enrol onto the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. On successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate you may then proceed onto the Diploma stage; on successful completion of the Diploma you may then proceed onto the Masters stage.

Please click here to apply for the PgC in Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health)

Contact the Lifelong Learning Team 01785 353766

For those whose first language is not English you need to demonstrate a minimum of:

A minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as administered by the British Council in most countries

A minimum score of 550 in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 213 in the computer-based test. [TOEFL results must include a minimum score of 4.5 for the TWE (Test of Written English) or Cambridge Proficiency Grade C.
What qualifications would I need to join this programme?

The entry requirements for the award are normally:

You must have been a registered professional with either; the Nursing and Midwifery Council for at least 4 years or if a Paramedic 2 years with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and must have appropriate experience (HO, 2012), where forensic examination of alleged Perpetrators is part of your role . You will be responsible for identifying a Preceptor in your workplace who meets the UKAFN and Staffordshire University's Criteria for Advanced Forensic Practice Preceptor.

It is expected that you will have a minimum academic qualification of a First Degree or equivalent. If you do not have a first degree you will need to demonstrate you have evidence of recent study at this level.

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