About this Course
|Study Time:||120 hours|
|Enrolment length:||12 months|
|Course Format:||Paper or Online|
|Entry Requirements:||None Specific|
Forensic science is defined as the application of science and its principles to the law and justice system. There are some types of forensic scientists whom travel to the scene to collect the evidence themselves, whilst there are others who occupy a purely laboratory role, analysing objects brought to them by other personages. While both prosecution and defence can call on the same or differing Forensic Evidence in trial, it is primarily used by the prosecution. Evidence is findings or opinions usually formatted as a formal statement or as a report. Due to the nature of their position, forensic scientists are expected to uphold a high level of integrity and maintain strict ethical guidelines regarding their work therefore all Forensic Evidence is subject to the rules and regulations of The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
Forensic science is used in the examination of physical traces left behind after a crime i.e. hair, blood which can help establish a link between a criminal and the crime. Yet there are many other sectors in which you can specialise i.e. firearms, explosives, and providing insight into the cause of a fire or a road accident. Forensic scientists have also been known to visit a crime scene in person to aid investigators in discovering the sequence in which events have occurred based on physical evidence such as blood patterns or gunpowder residue.
Other forensic scientists will be able to scrutinise drug/alcohol abuse and/or poisoning.
This course will teach you why continuity and the chain of evidence is so important in trials and convictions.
This course comes to you as a paper course pack which you can work through in your own time. By reading through the lessons on the course and with the help of a personal tutor you will be able to learn all of the necessary knowledge required to tackle the tutor marked assignments that are used to assess the course. Alternatively, you can study for this course online to save some money on your course and study through the internet with the materials available 24/7 on any computer or smart device.
This course assesses the following units:
Module 1: Pioneers of Forensic Science
Module 2: Case Study 1 – The Bodies under the Bridge Case
Module 3: Forensic Pathology
Module 4: Forensic Anthropology
Module 5: Forensic Biology
Module 6: Case Study 2 The Body in the Carpet
Module 7: Cranio-facial Reconstruction
Module 8: Serology – DNA – Body Fluids
Module 9: Case Study 3 – Who Killed Bambi?
Module 10: Crime Scene Management
Module 11: Ballistics
Module 12: Fingerprints
Module 13: Forensic Photographer
Module 14: Case Study 4 – Doctor Death
Module 15: Forensic Toxicology
Module 16: Disputed Documents
Module 17: Computer Crime
Module 18: Case Study 5 Miscarriages of Justice
Module 19: The Chain of Evidence/ the Professionalisation of the Investigative Process
Module 20: Case Study 6 Cold Cases
Module 21: Careers in Forensics
To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.
A tutor will be able for support via post or e-mail, with our student support team also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Assignments must be submitted to your tutor through email and these are then marked as soon as possible.