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Forensic Science Level 3 Course

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This course will take roughly 80 hours to complete.

A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain the confidence required within a certain subject without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

In this Distance Learning Forensic Science Level 3 course we will examine the fascinating subject of Forensic Science, which can be simply 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 may be useful for establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime and the scene of the crime or the victim. Such traces commonly include blood and any 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 scientists will have to visit the scene itself to advise about likely sequence of events, any indicators as to who the perpetrator might be, and to join in the initial search for evidence. Other forensic scientists analyse suspected drugs of abuse, specimens from people thought to have taken them or to have been driving after drinking too much alcohol, or to have been poisoned. Yet others may specialise in firearms, explosives, or documents whose authenticity is in question.

In civil cases forensic scientists may become involved in some of the same sorts of examinations and analyses but directed to resolving any disputes as to, for example, the cause of a fire or a road accident for which damages are being claimed.

Forensic scientists can appear for either side - the prosecution or the defence in criminal matters, and plaintiff or defendant in civil ones. They tend to present their findings and opinions in written form either as formal statements of evidence or reports. Sometimes they are required to attend court to give their evidence in person. However, the evidence is produced and whether supporting the case for the prosecution or the defence, the evidence collected and presented by forensic scientists is subject to the rules of evidence and provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. For this reason the importance of the continuity of the chain of evidence will be stressed throughout this course..

What can you do with Forensic Science Level 3

In order to become a Forensic Scientist you would need to progress onto a degree in either forensic science or another science based subject.

You could also start as a forensics lab support assistant.

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Experimental method. Types of experiment, laboratory and field experiments; natural and quasi-experiments
Observational techniques
Self-report techniques

For the Forensic Science Level 3 course you will cover the following content:-

Locard’s Exchange Principle within the context of Elizabeth’s crime scene
Importance of protecting the crime scene
Tracing evidence to establish cause and time of death
Approaches that could be used in establishing time of death
Psychological theories to gain offender characteristics from a crime scene
Profiling approaches including; Routine Activity Theory, statistics
Evaluating theories
Applying theories to cases: kidnap, murder, arson or sniper
Defining victimology
Victimology’s contribution to crime scene analysis from a forensic victimologist perspective
Theories of victimology
Victim precipitation
Routine activity theory
Stockholm syndrome
Munchausen syndrome by proxy
Creating a hypothetical profile
Characteristics of the psychopath
Highlighting characteristics using Hare’s PCL-R
Gender differences in characteristics and criminal behaviour
Difficulty in interrogating and obtaining a confession from an identified psychopath
Outlining prisoners’ rights to mental healthcare
Mental Health Act 1983 and the changes in 2007
The directive from the Department of Health, 2014
Biological treatments for prisoners diagnosed with mental health issues
Psychological treatments for prisoners diagnosed with mental health issues
Treating criminals with severe mental disorders effectively
Difference between the retributional and reformative approach to punishment
Statistical evidence
Moral and ethical issues of bringing back capital punishment in the UK

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this home study course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

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 the full support of your Tutor.


You will have dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. You must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You must successfully complete a series of assignments. Once all assignments and activities have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam.

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means OSC have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

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