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Forensic Science Diploma (On Line Version)

Course CodeNCCR303
Fee CodeF4
Duration (approx)360 hours

In this Forensic Science course we look at the fascinating subject of Forensic Science. Forensic science (forensics for short) is really how the scientific world can be engaged to answer questions that come from the legal system.  Forensic comes from the latin 'forenses' which means before a forum - in Roman times this would be a public place where social dignitories met.  In Roman times the accuser and the accused would both give speeches in before the forum and literally the best speaker won.  Now this wasn't terribly satisfactory!

As long ago as the 13th century they could tell the difference between strangulation and drowning.  However today, in criminal cases, forensic scientists are often involved in the search for, and examination of, physical traces which might be useful for establishing or indeed excluding an association between a suspect and the scene of the crime or the victim.

The most common examinations are of blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing etc., materials used in buildings such as paint and glass, footwear, tool and tyre marks, flammable substances used to start fires and so on.

Sometimes the forensic scientist will visit the scene itself to advise about the potential order of events, they may make suggestions as to who the perpetrator might be, and will probably join in the primary search for evidence. Others in the forensic science team will analyse substances ....suspected drugs, specimens from people thought to have taken them or to have been driving after drinking too much alcohol, or to have been poisoned. Other forensic scientists specialise.  They may work in the arena of firearms, explosives, or documents whose authenticity is questioned.

Forensic scientists may become involved in civil cases too.  They will be called upon to make similar examinations and analyses as before but the direction will be different.  Civil cases usually involve the resolution of disputes ie was this an accident or deliberate damage the case of an insurance claim for example or who was driving on which side of the road when an accident occurred (where both parties are claiming that they are in the right)

Of course forensic scientists don't just work on the side of the prosecution they can appear for either side - prosecution or defence in criminal matters, and plaintiff or defendant in civil ones. Their findings / opinions usually come in written form (a formal statements of evidence or reports). Sometimes they are required to appear in court and then must give their evidence in person. However the evidence is produced,whether supporting the case for the prosecution or defence, forensic evidence is still subject to the rules of evidence and the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. It is precisely for this reason the importance of the continuity of the whole chain of evidence will be stressed throughout the course.

The origins of forensic science, going as far back as Imperial Rome and even earlier to Ancient China, are discussed in the first module of the Forensic Science course. You will get a brief introduction to the pioneers of forensics. The assessment for this module will require you to draw up a time line of forensic developments and to match the innovators to their particular contribution to the body of forensic knowledge.

The second module comprises of a case study describing a particular crime scene. The module goes on to examine:

  • who does what at the crime scene
  • which specialists attended or were involved
  • which branches of forensic science were involved
  • how evidence was collected, preserved and presented.

At the end of themodule there will be a completed example of a case study report and some knowledge checks.  These will help you to organise the information you have acquired into a format that you feel comfortable with. All you have to do then is submit a 500 word essay.

Subsequent modules throughout the Forensic Science course will present a detailed discussion of the various forensic specialists and specialisations involved as you examine each case study.

It is only the essays and/or case study exercises that need be submitted for assessment. There is no examination. You will be assessed solely on your course work.

This fascinating subject provides you with a host of exciting career opportunities once you are appropriately qualified and motivated.

Please note that this course is the exact same material that you will find from some other home learning providers at more than twice the price.

Lesson Structure

There are 21 lessons in this course:

  1. Pioneers of Forensic Science
  2. Case Study number 1 The Bodies under the Bridge Case
  3. A study of Forensic Pathology
  4. Looking at Forensic Anthropology
  5. Incorporating Forensic Biology
  6. Case Study number 2 The Body in the Carpet
  7. A study of Cranio-facial Reconstruction
  8. Looking at Serology – DNA – Body Fluids
  9. Case Study number 3 – Who Killed Bambi?
  10. A study of Crime Scene Management
  11. Looking at Ballistics
  12. Checking Fingerprints
  13. The work of the Forensic Photographer
  14. Case Study number 4 – Doctor Death
  15. Incorporating Forensic Toxicology
  16. Examining Disputed Documents
  17. The growing world of Computer Crime
  18. Case Study number 5 Miscarriages of Justice
  19. Examining The Chain of Evidence/The Professionalisation of the Investigative Process
  20. Case Study number 6 Cold Cases
  21. How can you get into the Career world of Forensics

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Our aim is to provide you with the best learning opportunity and excellent value for money, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you.

What You Will Do

  • Support
    • You will receive the Forensic Science Diploma course manual, assignments and study guide together with tutor support by mail and email.
    • Our student support team are there to help you with any other queries that you may have whilst completing your Forensic Science Diploma. Be assured that unlimited support is available for your home study Forensic Science Diploma, you don't need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
  • Assessment
    • Assessment of this Forensic Science course is via a series of tutor marked assignments and activities.
    • Once you have completed this Forensic Science course you will receive a Forensic Science Diploma Certificate from a National Awarding Body

Previous Knowledge Required

The good news is that you don't need any prior learning knowledge or experience  to take this Forensic Science Diploma. This Forensic Science Diploma is available to anyone wanting to study the amazingly fascinating subject of Forensic Science. You can start the Forensic Science course at any time and work at your own pace for a period of up to a year from initial registration with full tutor support.

Awarding Body

We use a Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) approved national awarding body that designs user-friendly qualifications and supports these with the highest possible standard of customer service.

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