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Forensic Science Diploma Level 3

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forensic science diploma level 3

Your Forensic Science Diploma will teach you how to apply scientific principles to the law. Forensic scientists are given the task of collecting, preserving, and analysing scientific evidence during the course of an investigation.

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About this Course

Study Time: 120 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Paper or Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific

Course Introduction 

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.

Course Content

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.

Quality Licence Scheme

Quality Licence Scheme

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).


ABC qualification

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Oakwood Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at the level shown against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oakwood Home Learning to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Forensic Science Diploma Level 3 course regulated?

This course is endorsed on a Quality License Scheme from ABC Awards and a certificate of completion is issued when you finish. QLS courses are not regulated by Ofqual and are used to gain evidence of knowledge and skills outside the scope of Ofqual.

What is included in the cost of the Forensic Science Diploma Level 3 course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Forensic Science course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the Forensic Science Diploma Level 3?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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