Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc)

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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 inve…

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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 as well as techniques for the production of 2D plans and animated 3D models.

The Forensic Road Collision Investigation Foundation Degree (FdSc) is a two year course, with an option to top-up to Professional Studies in Forensic Road Collision Investigation BSc (Hons)| with a further year's study at DMU.

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Key facts

Duration: Two years full-time or four 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

  • 180 UCAS points with a Maths or Science A level
  • Relevant prior experience of collision investigation

If you are unsure about the amount of UCAS points your qualifications may attract you can use our UCAS Tariff Chart.

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 fundamentals*
  • Collision case studies*
  • Data handling and statistics*
  • Collision investigation technologies* - applied maths for collision investigation, forensic mapping & damage analysis
  • Presentation of expert evidence
  • Highways management law and investigation
  • Accelerometers in collision investigation
  • Driver and environment

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

* Core modules

Optional third year study to top-up to Professional Studies in Forensic Road Collision Investigation BSc (Hons)|

Industry links and professional accreditation

The first part of 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

UK/EU Fees: £5,000 (full-time) £2,500 (part-time)

For more information please take a look at our Fees and Funding| section.

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.

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