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Criminalistics Diploma Level 3

£340.00
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Study options available

Home learning or study, distance learning, flexible study, supported study and professional workplace learning available. Study at home, at work or a mix of both, at a time and place that fits your personal needs.

Course description

Criminalistics is the forensic science of analysing and interpreting evidence using natural sciences. Forensic science relates to all sciences applied to legal problems. Whilst Criminalists use the science of criminalistics to solve crimes. Often examining and identify physical evidence to reconstruct a crime scene. Physical evidence may be evidence so small that a microscope is needed to see it, or at the other end of the scale as large as a tanker. It may be as subtle as the smell of a flammable gas at an arson scene or as obvious as a pool of blood or remains at a murder scene. The wide range of material or evidence challenges the thoughts and reasoning of the criminalist who examines and often identifies hair, fibres, blood, seminal and body fluid stains, alcohol, drugs, paint, glass, botanicals, soil, flammables, and safe insulating material; restores smeared or smudged markings; and identifies firearms and compares bullets, tool markings and footprints. Criminalists use these vital physical evidence to provide a link between a suspect and the victim. The transfer of clothing fibres or hair fibres between a suspect and the victim are good examples of key links examined. Fingerprints, bullets, and shoe impressions are other important examples.

Increasingly, criminalists and other workers in forensic science laboratories and teams are specialising in the examination of one or a few types of physical evidence only. For example, forensic biologists analyse the biological or genetic properties of evidence, whilst trace evidence analysts identify material that is transferred between two objects and determine its origin, and firearms and tool mark experts examine firearms, ammunition components, and tools and marks left by them.

Parts of criminalistics and psychological evidence has been included in this course because the input for the discipline of forensic psychology is dependent on the outcomes of criminalistics.

At the beginning of each module there are detailed guidance of the evidence against which the students’ work will be assessed. It is essential that students make constant reference to this guidance as they progress through each module and complete relevant assesssments.

The final module is a reference file. This file guides the student to further reading and websites which will assist in further research and allow the student to evidence independent enquiry and creative thinking, thereby securing a more creditable pass and widening their knowledge base.

Typical modules

Module 1: The Crime Scene
Module 2: Biological Trace Evidence
Module 3: Fingerprints
Module 4: Trace Evidence
Module 5: Entomological Evidence
Module 6: The Fire Scene
Module 7: The Explosives Scene
Module 8: Ballistics
Module 9: Psychology and the Crime Scene
Module 10: Revision and Consolidation

Previous knowledge

No prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.

Assessment

Completing a series of tutor marked assignments and or activities marked by your assigned tutor.

Support

You will receive the course manual, assignments, study guide or on-line password and access to learning resources depending on the type of course you start i.e paper based or on-line. Full  tutor support by mail, email and on-line via our partner organisation depending on your chosen study route. Their student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that 12 months unlimited support will be available during your studies. There will be no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Start times

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Awarding organisation

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Investment

Investment figure shown above is fully inclusive of study material, support, awarding body registration costs where applicable. But excludes non on-line study material delivery outside of mainland England where applicable. VAT not applicable.

Stage payment terms available. No interest charged. Ask for details.

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