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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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 Certification

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC 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 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’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them 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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