Forensic Science Level 3

Course code: ABC007
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This fascinating and wide-ranging course will introduce you to a variety of fields and topics in forensic science.

  • Learn how the scientific and psychological aspects of crime work together in a forensic investigation.
  • Gain a sound understanding of victimology.
  • Discover how suspects are interviewed and interrogated.
  • Study the treatment of psychopathic disorders in a prison environment.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are encouraging learners to select online study as the delivery of study packs is likely to be delayed. For those students who still wish to select study pack, we are providing free e-learning access, where available, to avoid any interruption of study. These students will receive access to our e-learning platform within 24 hours, and their study pack will follow in due course. Students who wish to study online only, are unaffected and will receive their e-learning access within 24 hours.

Course Overview

Forensic scientists do not only use scientific methods and processes to assist with investigations. They must have strong understanding of criminology to help them interpret and validate scientific findings.
Covering scientific, psychological, criminological and social aspects of crime, this course equips you with a broad foundation of forensic knowledge, making an ideal first step for those considering a career in forensics.
This course will allow you to study the convenient way! You decide when and where you learn, at your own pace. Your coursework can be submitted by either post or email, making it easy and hassle-free.
All your course materials will then be delivered to you by post or email, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Duration

Up to one year

Study Hours

Approximately 80 hours

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course

Assessment

Tutor-marked assignments

Course 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
  • Theories
  • Statistical evidence
  • Moral and ethical issues of bringing back capital punishment in the UK
Extra Info

Assessment

You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by post or online, as well as tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Awarding body

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. This course is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. We will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the ABC Awards and Certa Awards website.
This course has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of knowledge and understanding that you would expect at this level.

Q&As

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

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Not included with the online study option

No. Your certification is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments.

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

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