Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional) PG Cert

Location Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Duration 1 Year

2017/18 New Entrants, Part Time

  • Home and EU students: £2,040 per year of study
Course start January
School School of Health and Social Care
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Course outline

This form must be completed to support your application: Preceptor Declaration, and an original copy MUST be submitted to the Faculty by post or handed into the Faculty office. Postal Address: Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Blackheath Lane, Stafford, ST18 0AD.

Please here for further information regarding the criteria to complete the Preceptor Declaration from.

This course has been judged to have met the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses (UKAFN) as meeting their Advanced Standards in Education and Training in Forensic Practice (ASET) and as such successful students of the PgCert will receive an ASET Certificate from UKAFN.

The Postgraduate Certificate is the first stage of the MSc in Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professionals)

One of the distinctive factors of this course is in the title ‘Advanced Forensic Practice’.  The term ‘Advanced’ in the title has not been used lightly.  The Department of Health (DH) published a Position Statement on Advanced Level Nursing (DH, 2010), which describes the benchmark of Advanced Level Nursing as; a level of practice well beyond that of first registration, rather than a speciality or role description

Particularly unique is the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences Crime Scene House, which displays crime scenes, with cameras to record every aspect of the students forensic practice in collecting and assessing evidence, along with the state of art Science Block, which houses the most up-to-date science laboratories.  Live models will be used for students to assess and map wounds, undertake forensic sampling and body-mapping exercises.  The Law School has a full sized Court Room, again with cameras to allow formative feedback for students giving oral evidence.  Providing students with these rare insights into real life situations, within safe learning environments, will provide the best possible preparation for the reality of practising in forensic environments.

Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice in Custody Core Module - 30 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. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £2,040 for your first year in 2017/18. 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.


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

This course will underpin the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge to ensure practitioners work in an evidenced based manner and will fulfil the requirements to be a competent witness in court. The course will embrace the principles set by the FFLM, UKAFN, NPIA, along with other regulatory and professional bodies.

This course will encompass the following modules:

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Practice(Custody Health Professional) 60 Level 7 Credits

Introduction to Forensic Practice Core Module - 15 Credits at Level 7

Professional Legal Skills for Non- Lawyers Core Module - 15 Credits at Level 7

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements (including IELTS score)

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.

Employment opportunities

To work as an Advanced Practitioner in Temporary Detention\Custody Settings


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