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Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional)

First in the UK

This innovative course is the first of its kind to be run by a UK university

Accredited course

Successful Postgraduate Certificate students will also receive a UKAFN ASET certificate

Dual facilities

We have unique healthcare, crime scene and courtroom facilities

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, blended learning
Choose another study option
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
13 January 2020
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Our Advanced Forensic Practice MSc is the first course in the UK that meets the United Kingdon Association of Forensic Nurses and Paramedics (UKAFN) Advanced Standards in Education and Training (ASET) within forensic practice. The ASET standard is also badged by the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM). Our course is designed by and for health professionals, who are tasked with forensically examining alleged victims of sexual assault, gathering and recording evidence for court.

With court cases relying on forensic evidence, there’s an increasing need for health professionals such as nurses to carry out forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assaults.

This innovative Masters course provides an in-depth training and understanding of how to gather and record relevant forensic evidence, which can be presented in court. You'll be provided with the fundamental principles of forensic science along with being assessed in giving oral and written evidence for court.

The course has been designed for and by health professionals in collaboration with experts from our School of Law. You’ll be able to take advantage of our unique facilities, including a full-size mock courtroom, and a crime scene house with CCTV and an observation room.

The course runs in parallel with our Advanced Forensic Practice (Custody Health Professional) – MSc, with opportunities to choose modules from either route in your second year to obtain a dual qualification.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgCert Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional)

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Advanced Forensic Practice (Sexual Assault Health Professional)

Course content

The course is module-based and can be studied part-time over three years, leading to a Master’s degree.

You will gain the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge and skills to work with victims in an evidence-based manner, with the aim of becoming a competent witness in court.

Course content includes assessment of competency in examining victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

If you require specific knowledge and skills that are not included in our course structure, you are able to negotiate credit-bearing modules with your course leader at other Higher Education institutions.

The course is module-based and can be studied part-time over three years, leading to a Master’s degree.

You will gain the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge and skills to work with victims in an evidence-based manner, with the aim of becoming a competent witness in court.

Course content includes assessment of competency in examining victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

If you require specific knowledge and skills that are not included in our course structure, you are able to negotiate credit-bearing modules with your course leader at other Higher Education institutions.

The course is module-based and can be studied part-time over three years, leading to a Master’s degree.

You will gain the legal, forensic and clinical knowledge and skills to work with victims in an evidence-based manner, with the aim of becoming a competent witness in court.

Course content includes assessment of competency in examining victims of sexual assault, aftercare needs and understanding the evidence base related to sexual assault.

If you require specific knowledge and skills that are not included in our course structure, you are able to negotiate credit-bearing modules with your course leader at other Higher Education institutions.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Advanced Clinical Forensic Practice - Sexual Assault 30 credits
Introduction To Forensic Practice 15 credits
Professional Legal Skills For Non Lawyers 15 credits
Year 2 compulsory modules
Principles Of Physical Assessment 15 credits
Research Methods And Methodologies 15 credits
Year 3 compulsory modules
There are no compulsory modules for this year.
Show 4 optional modules

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Modules

Optional modules will be agreed within a learning contract, arranged at the end of the PgCert stage. The learning contract ensures that the modules selected are relevant to the award learning outcomes. There are various 30 credit optional modules available, at either level 6 or 7. You may also use credits you have already achieved within the last 5 years, or any that you intend to gain at another university.

You’ll need a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or degree level.

You must be employed in an organisation where you are tasked with undertaking forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assault victims

You’ll need to identify a Preceptor (Assessor) in your workplace who’s able to assess your clinical competencies.

You must hold an appropriate registration with either the HCPC or the NMC with at least 4 years post registration if a nurse or 2 years if a Paramedic.

If you don't have a first degree or evidence of recent academic study, you may interested in our Step Up to Masters course

 

 

You’ll need a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or degree level.

You must be employed in an organisation where you are tasked with undertaking forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assault victims

You’ll need to identify a Preceptor (Assessor) in your workplace who’s able to assess your clinical competencies.

You must hold an appropriate registration with either the HCPC or the NMC with at least 4 years post registration if a nurse or 2 years if a Paramedic.

If you don't have a first degree or evidence of recent academic study, you may interested in our Step Up to Masters course

 

 

You’ll need a first degree or equivalent recent academic work at either Masters or degree level.

You must be employed in an organisation where you are tasked with undertaking forensic examinations of alleged victims of sexual assault victims

You’ll need to identify a Preceptor (Assessor) in your workplace who’s able to assess your clinical competencies.

You must hold an appropriate registration with either the HCPC or the NMC with at least 4 years post registration if a nurse or 2 years if a Paramedic.

If you don't have a first degree or evidence of recent academic study, you may interested in our Step Up to Masters course

 

 

Facilities

Careers

The course is designed to support health professionals and develop advanced practice skills within their current role. 

There’s also the option for further academic research upon completion of the MSc.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on reconstructions in our crime scene house
  • Be assessed at a live scene in our court room
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on reconstructions in our crime scene house
  • Be assessed at a live scene in our court room
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

We know that everyone learns differently. So not only do we use traditional ways of teaching like lectures, we also use problem-based learning to help you apply your skills.

For this course, you'll:

  • Work with others on reconstructions in our crime scene house
  • Be assessed at a live scene in our court room
  • Delve deeper into subject areas in workshops

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your lectures wherever you are.

We’ll also assign you a supervisor to support you throughout your research project.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments, also called formative and summative.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module - these might include practice (practical) assessments, essays, exams, portfolios or Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that contribute to your final mark. Your competencies will also be assessed in your practice areas.

There are two types of assessments, also called formative and summative.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module - these might include practice (practical) assessments, essays, exams, portfolios or Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that contribute to your final mark. Your competencies will also be assessed in your practice areas.

There are two types of assessments, also called formative and summative.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module - these might include practice (practical) assessments, essays, exams, portfolios or Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) that contribute to your final mark. Your competencies will also be assessed in your practice areas.

Learning support

Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you with:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking, presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation, grammar)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Revision, assessment and exam skills (including time management)

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.

For the course starting on 13 January 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study

For the course starting on 13 January 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study

For the course starting on 13 January 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. 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 a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Part-time, blended learning
13 January 2020

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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