The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (the Society) has been assessing and accrediting the forensic content of full degree courses (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) in forensic science since 2004.
These endorsements underpin the learning students take during their courses allowing employers to see that the students are ready for employment and have the right levels of knowledge when leaving education.
The Educational Accreditation Scheme covers both the BSc (Hons) and MSc programmes while part-degree (foundation degree, diploma etc.) are covered by the Recognition Scheme. The Society acknowledges that there are Level three courses (such as BTec / HNC courses, extended diplomas) on offer where forensic science forms a significant proportion of the overall programme.
As such the course would be eligible for endorsement for any forensic science elements. The Society does expect the course to be based on fundamental science (biology, chemistry, physics and underpinning mathematics) plus IT and communication.
An initial endorsement pilot scheme has been run and Brooklands College in Surrey have successfully been awarded the Endorsement for the BTEC Level 3 Applied Science (Forensics) course.
The scheme is now fully launched and to find out how your college can get endorsed follow these links.
Standardised Agenda – for Educational Endorsement Visits
For further information please contact Katharine Mitchell at the society.