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Forensic Science - CPD Certified

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International Open Academy

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Online, self-paced
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Qualification
50 CPD points / hours

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Overview

If you’re considering a career in forensic science, forensic psychology, criminal psychology, criminal law, or crime writing, then our fascinating Forensic Science course is designed for you.

Our Forensic Science online course takes you behind the police tape and into the crime scene where you’ll discover how evidence is gathered, analysed and used to catch criminals.

With 5.5 million crimes being committed in England and Wales each year, there is a massive demand for people to work within the field of forensic science. You’ll be responsible for gathering evidence at a crime scene to bring criminals to justice.

KEY COURSE BENEFITS:

  • Lifetime access - No time limits - Study at your own pace
  • Internationally-recognised CPD accredited course
  • Start learning straightaway from any laptop or mobile device in any country
  • Immediate certificate download when you complete the course

Forensics is a fascinating subject working with bodily fluids, fingerprints and DNA to analyse a crime scene. Sign up for our Forensic Science certificate course to begin your journey discovering more about the important part that forensics plays in investigations.

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Description

Working within the forensics team, it’s your mission to ensure that crime doesn’t pay. By gathering evidence at a crime scene or analysing the material in the laboratory, you’ll be an important cog in the criminal justice system. Forensic science deals with crime scenes to find evidence to catch criminals. Forensic psychology studies human behaviour and crime.

Forensic science, forensic psychology and criminal psychology are powerful forces that are putting a new face on solving current cases and clearing up old cold cases. As you study our course, you’ll become more experienced about what forensics is. This will give you greater confidence in interviews and in applying for jobs within this field.

You will see how:

  • forensic science developed and its roles in police work and solving crimes
  • evidence such as blood and fingerprints can be analysed and used as evidence
  • to determine how long someone has been dead, even for a very long time
  • powerful DNA evidence is to catch a criminal
  • forensic scientists apply their expertise in court
  • forensic science has an impact on many exciting and varied roles
  • forensic science is used in criminal cases by studying our real-life criminal case studies

Our online Forensic Science course equips you with a new wealth of knowledge to prepare you for a new career in forensic science, forensic psychology or criminal psychology; improve your current job; enhance your resume; or help you understand your favourite crime book or TV show better. Not only that, but you can study in your own time, from home. Sign up now.

How is the Forensic Science course assessed?

By studying Forensic Science online with IOA, you do not pay an extra fee for sitting an exam or have to wait for a set date to sit an exam. There is a short exam at the end of each module for you to take, You’ll know your score immediately.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, you must complete the course and successfully pass each course module with a score of 55% or more to be eligible for the certificate. You can also get the ICOES certificate for a small fee to cover printing and posting.

Forensic Science Course Syllabus

Module 1: Historical Development And Role Of Forensic Sciences

  • Introduction to forensic sciences and basic principles
  • Special areas and contributions of the forensic sciences
  • Development of medico-legal investigation
  • Forensic pathology and toxicology

Module 2: The Crime Scene

  • Processing the crime scene
  • Reconstruction of the crime scene
  • Legal considerations of the crime scene
  • Using science to link crimes
  • The significance of physical evidence

Module 3: Fingerprinting

  • Fundamental principles of fingerprinting
  • Classification of fingerprints
  • Methods of detecting and preserving fingerprints
  • Digital imaging techniques
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems (AFIS)
  • Case study: product tampering and Stella Nickell

Module 4: DNA Analysis

  • The nature of DNA
  • Collecting DNA samples
  • DNA typing
  • Analysis of DNA evidence
  • The Combined DNA Index System (CODIS)
  • Case study: the exoneration of Earl Washington

Module 5: Toxicology

  • What is forensic toxicology?
  • Techniques used in toxicology
  • The significance of toxicological findings
  • Toxicology and identification of poisons
  • Toxicology and identification of drugs

Module 6: Arson And Explosion Investigations

  • The chemistry of fire
  • Investigating the fire scene
  • Type of explosions
  • Collecting and analysing explosives
  • Case study: Is Daniel Dougherty guilty of arson?

Module 7: Serological Evidence

  • The nature of blood
  • Stain patterns of blood
  • Forensic analysis of blood, semen, and other bodily fluids
  • Collection and analysis of rape evidence

Module 8: Firearms

  • Forensic ballistics
  • Gunpowder residue
  • Bullet and cartridge casing comparisons
  • Striations and tool marks
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Case study: family murderer Christopher Vaughn proven guilty

Module 9: Time Of Death Determinations

  • Stages of decomposition
  • Body temperature calculations
  • Stomach contents
  • Decomposed skeletonized remains
  • Forensic entomology (insects)
  • Case study: the murder of Leanne Tiernan

Module 10: The Forensic Scientist As Expert Witness In Court

  • Preparation for testimony
  • Testimony and cross-examination
  • Admissibility of scientific evidence
  • Ethical considerations

Module 11: Collaboration In Criminal Investigations

  • Working with detectives
  • Working with the forensic psychology team
  • Working with the prosecutor or defense
  • Conducting research
  • Lecturing and consulting

Who is this course for?

  • Career-minded individuals interested in a career in forensic science, forensic psychology, criminal psychology or detective work
  • People with an interest in science and crime
  • Anyone wanting a better understanding of criminal investigations and court cases
  • Fans of crime shows and detective stories who want to get ‘behind the scenes’
  • Anyone seeking an intriguing and interesting insight into another aspect of the criminal justice system
  • Employees or volunteers within the justice system
  • Writers who want to publish a crime or detective novel or series

Requirements

International Open Academy's Forensic Science course is designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us.

Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Career path

  • This course could inspire you to study further to pursue a fascinating career in forensic science, forensic psychology, criminal psychology, law or detective work
  • Start a career within law enforcement
  • Elevate your crime writing to the next level
  • Start a blog or podcast about Forensics
  • Write a blockbuster crime-solving TV show
  • Look into a career working with offenders or the victims of crime

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Janelle asked:

Does it come with a certificate?

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Yes, once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion issued by the course provider.

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Theophilus asked:

what is the level of the certificate and Can one work with it or attend a higher institution

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We offer specialist courses and upon graduation, you will receive a certificate of completion. The Forensic Science course is comparable to a level 3.

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Michalis asked:

How much does the whole course cost?

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The price includes the Forensic Science course, unlimited access to the course content and a certificate of completion issued by the course provider.

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Jade asked:

What level is this? Is it level 3 or 4?

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Once you complete your Forensic Science course you will gain a pdf certificate of completion and is comparable to a level 3.

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Ngurang Achung asked:

1.:Who will conduct the test/examination and when? 2. Whether this course can be completed before 6 months?

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After each module of your Forensic Science course, there is a short exam section which includes multiple choice questions. Our course is entirely online and self-paced.

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chris asked:

just a quick question on the Forensic Science course what do i get at the end of it all ie cert or can i take it further to uni ?

Answer:

Yes, once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion issued by IOA.

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Connor asked:

What qualifications do you get from this course

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Once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion that will definitely improve your CV and therefore increase the chances of getting employment or to start a career in law enforcement or criminal law.

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terry asked:

do you only have 50 hours to complete it or can you take as long as you like

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There's no time limit for completing the Forensic Science course since we offer unlimited access to the course content.

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Asta asked:

How do you activate a purchased course?

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Once you complete your purchase of the Forensic Science course you will be contacted with all the relevant information get started with your course.

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OLA JOHN asked:

Does it involve carrying out of practicals or mainly theoretical?

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After each module of your Forensic Science course, there is a short exam which includes multiple choice questions. The final grade of your course will be the average of the eleven modules.

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Christine asked:

Will this course enable me to get a job within the forensics field or would I still need further education?

Answer:

Once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion that will definitely improve your CV and therefore increase the chances of employment or to start a career in law enforcement or criminal law.

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Ehsan asked:

How long do students have in order to complete the course?

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There's no time limit for completing your Forensic Science course since we offer unlimited access to the course content.

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Jo asked:

Is this equivalent to UK level 3 or above?

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Once you complete your Forensic Science course you will gain a pdf certificate of completion and is comparable to a level 3.

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Jyothi asked:

after completing this course what type of jobs i will get

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Once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion that will definitely improve your CV and therefore increase the chances of getting employment.

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Angela.Link asked:

Will a “n Accredited Certificate of successful completion of this Course be given at the end?

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Yes, once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion issued by IOA.

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Wayne Gilbert asked:

what other costs are involed.what is the certification,is this a book or other paraphenalia.where do I go after cert.ie dip.foundation,BSc or MSc

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The price includes the Forensic Science course, unlimited access to the course content and a certificate of completion issued by the course provider.

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Chrysa Eleanor Victor asked:

Hi, I would like to know all about forensics courses offered and would like to know how to apply for this course mentioned in your instituition. Thx.

Answer:

You can purchase the Forensic Science directly with REED. Once you do you will be contacted by our customer support team with information to start your course.

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Luis asked:

Hi, this course works in a laptop with windows 10 installed? Thank you.

Answer:

Our Forensic Science can be accessed and completed using any device or operating system.

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Paula asked:

Hi, I was just wondering if there is any tutor support with this particular course. Thank you.

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Our Forensic Science course is fully online and self-paced. Although you won't have a tutor you can contact our customer support team for any questions or issues.

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Abigail Clow asked:

Can you please let me know if you are awarded a diploma after successfully completing this course.

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Yes, once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion issued by IOA.

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Amir H asked:

what calcifications do I need to start this course? with kind regards Amir A

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You don't need previous knowledge, just an interest in the world of law enforcement or criminal law.

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shoulders asked:

Do you receive any form of certificate from the course?

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Yes, once you complete your Forensic Science course, you will receive a certificate of completion issued by IOA.

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