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Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc)

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.

The Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc) is currently only available by distance learning over three years. There is an option to top-up to Professional Studies in Forensic Road Collision Investigation BSc (Hons) with a further two year's part time study. 

We also offer a University Certificate of Professional Development (UCPD) Forensic Road Collision Investigation. This programme is the starting point for those who wish to become forensic road collision investigators and who have no prior experience of investigating road collisions This includes serving police officers, insurance investigators and those who have been employed to provide consultancy services in this area. The UCPD is currently available by distance learning over one year. You can find out more about this  course on the AiTS website.

 

Key facts

Duration:  

Three years part-time (studying approx 12-15 hours per week).

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

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

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.

Course modules

First Year

  • Collision investigation technologies* - applied maths for collision investigation, CCTV analysis & damage analysis

  • Highways management law and investigation

  • Accelerometers in collision investigation

  • Driver and environment

First year chose two of the three optional units

Second Year

  • Further maths for collision investigation*

  • Computation and collision analysis*

  • Pedestrian and pedal cycle collisions

  • Advanced damage analysis

  • Advanced forensic mapping and animation

  • Motorcycle collisions & dynamics

  • Analysis of digital data

  • Vehicle dynamics and tyre technology

Third Year

  • Computation and collision analysis*

  • Advanced forensic mapping and animation

  • Motorcycle collisions & dynamics

  • Analysis of digital data

  • Vehicle dynamics and tyre technology

Third year chose three from four of the option units

Note that some units may be swapped round in year thr

* Core modules

Optional fourth and fith year study to top-up to Professional Studies in Forensic Road Collision Investigation BSc (Hons)

Industry links and professional accreditation

 

This course satisfies the academic requirements for full membership of the Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators.

Work experience and placements

This course requires a considerable commitment to work based learning. As such it is ideally suited to those who already hold employment within the industry. 

Work placements will be sought for students who are not currently employed. AiTS can help but cannot guarantee to secure employment positions or work placements.

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee: £9,450.00

DMU Fee:   £1,560

VAT: £1,890

Total exc. £11,380

Total inc. £12,9009,048

The core textbooks for all modules are available in the Kimberlin library, and journal articles on your reading lists are also available electronically from your my DMU login. Similarly, any other essential course material (including in some cases an electronic version of the core textbook) is available from the dedicated module site on the University’s virtual-learning environment.

Optional Extras

There are no compulsory placements or trips associated with this programme, however, you will have the option of participating in #DMUglobal trips either as part of some of the modules or as an extra-curricular activity. These trips are subsidised by the university and the cost and the subsidy varies by location.

Find out more about #DMUglobal

If you wish to undertake an international year abroad at a partner institution fees are reduced to £650 (£750 for international students) for the year. This covers your access to all DMU services during your year away from the university and any support visit from academics or professional staff, as well as all the preparation support provided in advance. No fees are payable to the overseas partner, but there may be additional costs for other services. All Faculty of Technology students have the opportunity to take a paid or unpaid placement year in industry before their final year. Placements are full-time jobs and are available in a wide variety of sectors include private, public and not-for profit.

If you wish to undertake a placement year facilitated by DMU fees are reduced to £650 (£750 for international students) for the year. This covers your access to all DMU services during your year away from the university, support from your academic supervisor and professional staff, as well as all the preparation support provided in advance.

Find out more about placements

For further information, please contact the faculty admissions team by email at techadmissions@dmu.ac.uk or phone us on 0116 257 7456.

For a full fees list please see the AiTS website

Facilities

A substantial proportion of this course is delivered via distance and online learning and can be studied from the comfort of home.

You will benefit from the facilities of AiTS in Gloucestershire when undertaking direct teaching and during the practical sessions. This involves practical testing on an airfield, use of collision investigation hardware and software technologies. In addition you will be a student of DMU with access to all the teaching and learning facilities on offer.

How to apply

Apply direct to AiTS at www.aitsuk.com

Contact details

AiTS Admissions
Unit A5 Lakeside Business Park
South Cerney
Gloucestershire
GL7 5XL

T: +44 (0)1285 864650
E: admin@aitsuk.com
F: +44 (0)1285 864659


 
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