The Introduction to Forensic Science – Level 3 Course is a fascinating course designed to give students an introduction to forensics and how it is used to provide information and support to criminal investigations.

Forensic science is concerned with using scientific methods either in public, in a court, or in the justice system as a whole. In fact, any science used for the purposes of the law is forensic science and its prime function is to provide evidence to support criminal investigations. Drugs, violence, property crime, hi-tech crime… detection is all about the appliance of forensic science.

Whilst this course will not enable you to step into a forensic scientist’s job! it will give students a thorough understanding of relevant aspects of Criminology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as an introduction to the world of forensics. Forensic Science has become a hugely popular subject in recent years, partly because of exposure of popular television programmes, but also because of the rapid changes in the technology which is now available to forensic scientists and this course will provide invaluable insights into this complex world.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

The home study courses cover the following units:-

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Computer Forensics

  • Forensic Accountancy

  • Forensic Archaeology & Anthropology

  • Forensic Dentistry

  • Forensic Entomology

  • Forensic Graphology

  • Forensic Pathology

  • Blood Groups

  • Body Fluids

  • Toxicology

  • Fingerprints

  • DNA

  • Forensic Ballistics & Ballistic Fingerprinting

  • Hair and Fibres

  • Criminal Profiling

Unit 2: The Crime Scene

  • Establishing the crime scene

  • Securing and Protecting the scene

  • Collecting and categorising the evidence (Forensic and medical photography; Bloodstains; Tyre tracks; Soil; Toxic Gasses; Trace evidence; Hair & Fibres; DNA; and Insects and flies.)

Unit 3: Criminal Case

  • Evidence

  • Asphyxiation

  • Rape

  • Blunt force

  • Suffocation

  • Strangulation

  • Wounding

  • Electrocution

  • Drowning

  • Defensive wounds

  • Crime scene reconstruction

  • Face reconstruction

  • Expert witnesses

Unit 4: The Future of Forensics

  • Low copy number DNA
  • Lie detection
  • Digital Forensics
  • Water and Forensics
  • Bleaching
  • Familial DNA


There are no particular entry requirements. However, with this being a Level 3 course, a reasonable level of literacy to GCSE A-C would be desirable.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. These Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email in a word processed format. The course will also contain self-assessment exercises which are designed to gauge your own progress.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive an Introduction to Forensic Science Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, Founded in 1998, ABC Awards combines their expertise with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of their customers.

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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (Kendal Publishing) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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