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Forensic Science Diploma Level 3 (Online Course)

£320.00
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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

This Forensic Science Diploma Level 4 course examines the fascinating subject area of Forensic Science. Forensic Science is often defined as the application of science to the law. In criminal cases forensic scientists are often involved in the search for, and examination of, physical traces which might be useful for establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime and the scene of the crime or victim.

These traces in many cases include blood and other body fluids, hair, textile fibres from clothing for example. I addition, materials used in buildings such as paint and glass, footwear, tool and tyre marks, flammable substances used to start fires etc. Sometimes scientists visit the crime scene to advice about possible sequences of events, indicators of who the perpetrator might of been and join the initial evidence searching process. Also forensic scientists analyse suspected drugs or abuse, specimens from people thought to have taken drugs or for example been driving after drinking too much alcohol, or have been poisoned. Others could specialise in firearms, explosives, or the cause of a fire or a road accident for which damages are being claimed.

Forensic scientists can represent a range of parties or either side. For example, prosecution or defence in criminal matters, and plaintiffs or defendants in civil ones. They present their findings and or opinions in written form either as formal statements of evidence or reports. They are often required to attend court to give their evidence. Evidence collected and presented by forensic scientists is subject to the rules of evidence and the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. For this reason the importance of the continuity of the chain of evidence is reinforced throughout the course.

Typical modules

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

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.

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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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