Forensic Scientist Course Level 3

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7 hours
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7 CPD hours / points
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This Forensic Scientist Course Level 3 is the only guide you need for learning the essential topics thoroughly and acquire the necessary skills for a special discounted price. With only 7 hours of training towards your CPD-accredited certificate and course materials designed by industry experts, any of your dreams in professional life can be turned into a reality.

Our exclusive Forensic Scientist Course Level 3 follows an advanced curriculum with topics broken down into a total of 11 scaled-down modules for your ease of self-paced learning. These modules will assist you in grasping the basics and leading you to the steps of getting a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the Forensic Scientist Course Level 3. The course materials designed by experts are easily accessible 24/7 by any of your smartphones, laptops, PCs, tablets etc. Our expert instructors are available on weekdays to listen to any of your queries via email and help you in achieving your goals.

Finally, you will receive a CPD-accredited certificate which will fast-track your career and showcase your expertise on this topic to excel in your professional life. This professional certification along with your in-depth understanding of the course materials will put you ahead in this sector as well as the relevant job market.

Key Topics to Be Covered

  • The History and Development of Forensic Science
  • An Introduction to the First Forensic Scientists
  • An Overview of the Locard Exchange Principle
  • Crime Lab Services & Biological Forensic Science Services
  • The Role of the Coroner and Medical Examiner
  • How to Conduct a Crime Scene Investigation
  • Recording the Crime Scene and Essential Equipment
  • Collecting and Packaging Physical Evidence
  • Fingertip Evidence, DNA, Drug & Bloodstain Analysis

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the crime scene investigation process
  • Deepen your knowledge of crime lab services & biological forensic science services
  • Learn about the role and responsibilities of the coroner and medical examiner
  • Understand the process for analysing DNA, drug and bloodstain evidence
  • Sharpen your logical thinking, analytical and investigative skills
  • Know how to collect and package physical evidence taken from a crime scene
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of fingertip analysis and classification
  • Gain an insight into the history of forensic science and how the industry has developed


7 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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In the Forensic Scientist Course Level 3, you will delve into the fascinating world of crime scenes and learn how criminal investigations are conducted, taking you through each and every step. It includes a detailed overview of the history and development of forensic science, as well as an introduction to the first forensic scientists.

In this course, you will develop the core skills required to fast track your career, providing you with both a practical and theoretical understanding of the field of forensics. From analysing fingerprints to recording a crime scene and collecting physical evidence, our experienced instructor will walk you through the entire investigation process.

Furthermore, you will gain an insight into the different crime lab services and biological forensic science services, taking you through the role of the coroner and medical examiner. Enrol in this training program today and become qualified to investigate crime, working alongside the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Logical thinking
  • Attention to detail
  • Investigative skills
  • Analytical skills

Course Curriculum:

Module 1: Forensic Science: The History and Organisation

  • The Development of Forensic Science
  • The First Forensic Scientists
  • The Locard Exchange Principle
  • General Organisation of Forensic Science
  • Crime Lab Services
  • Biological Forensic Science Services
  • Physical Forensic Science Services
  • The Coroner and The Medical Examiner
  • Duties of The Coroner or Medical Examiner
  • The Forensic Scientist In The Courtroom

Module 2: Crime Scene Investigation

  • Processing the Crime Scene
  • Securing and Isolating The Crime Scene
  • Recording The Crime Scene
  • Photographic Procedures
  • Video Recording
  • Sketches
  • Search Patterns

Module 3: Collecting and Packaging Physical Evidence

  • Locating Physical Evidence
  • Collecting And Packaging Physical Evidence
  • Handling Evidence
  • Packaging Evidence
  • Biological Materials
  • DNA Evidence
  • Best Practices in Biological Evidence Packaging
  • Maintaining The Chain of Custody
  • Obtaining Standard/Reference Samples
  • Submitting Evidence To The Laboratory
  • Ensuring Crime Scene Safety

Module 4: Fingerprints: Your Personal Signature

  • Getting a Grip on Fingerprints
  • Developing The Science: A Trip Through Fingerprint History
  • Using Ridge Patterns
  • Making Matching Easier: Classifying Prints
  • Developing the Henry System
  • Locating Those Prints
  • Seeking latent prints
  • Powdering the print
  • Using Chemistry To Expose Prints
  • Cleaning up the Print: Digital Techniques

Module 5: Bloodstain Analysis

  • Understanding Blood’s Character
  • Looking into Blood Clotting
  • Analysing Bloodstain Patterns
  • Finding Clues in Passive Bloodstains
  • Analysing Projected Blood Spatters
  • Interpreting Void Patterns
  • Classifying Projected Spatters
  • Velocity Spatters
  • Transfer patterns
  • Reconstructing The Crime Scene from Bloodstains
  • Putting It All Together: A Hypothetical Case

Module 6: DNA Analysis

  • The Function and Structure Of DNA
  • DNA Identification
  • Collection And Preservation of DNA Evidence
  • Preparing DNA Samples For Fingerprinting
  • Steps of DNA Fingerprinting
  • Paternity
  • DNA Database in the UK
  • Applications

Module 7: Drug Analysis

  • Psychological Dependence
  • Physical Dependence
  • Societal Aspects Of Drug Use
  • Types of Drugs
  • Collection And Preservation Of Drug Evidence
  • Forensic Drug Analysis
  • Screening and Confirmation
  • Colour Tests
  • Microcrystalline Tests
  • Chromatography
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Mass Spectrometry

Module 8: Firearms Examination

  • Characteristics of Firearms
  • Firearms Evidence
  • Gunshot Residue (GSR) Analysis
  • Collecting Firearms Evidence
  • Handling of Firearms
  • Cartridge Cases
  • Test Firing
  • Powder Pattern Examination

Module 9: Questioned Documents: Handwriting and Forgery Examination

  • Handwriting
  • Learning To Write
  • Handwriting Comparison
  • Forgery
  • Disguised Writing
  • Altered Documents
  • Indented Writing
  • Paper and Ink
  • Typewriters and Photocopiers

Module 10: Digital Evidence

  • Computer Seizure
  • Steps to Remember
  • Collecting Video Evidence
  • Determine If There Is A Video
  • Stop The Recorder
  • Confiscate The Recording Medium Immediately
  • Document the Video System’s Physical Relationship to the Crime Scene
  • Seek Technical Assistance if Problems Occur

Module 11: Forensic Psychology:Delving into the Criminal Mind

  • Defining the Role of the Forensic Psychiatric Professional
  • Differentiating Forensic from Clinical Psychiatry
  • How the Mind Matters In Forensics
  • Assessing the Brain
  • Getting Started With a Medical History and Physical Exam
  • Digging into the Psyche
  • Employing Dubious Techniques
  • Dealing with Deception
  • Debunking the Eyewitness
  • Dealing with False Confessions
  • Assessing Competence and Sanity
  • Determining a Defendant’s Competence
  • Tracking Serial Offenders
  • Classifying the Multiple Murderer
  • Profiling the Perpetrator
  • Assessing The Perpetrator’s Psyche
  • Distinguishing MO from signature
  • Profiling the Victim: Victimology
  • Drawing Boundaries: The Killer’s Domain

Assessment Process

Once you have completed the modules in the course, your skills and knowledge will be tested with an automated multiple-choice assessment, after which you will receive instant results.

Showcase Your Accomplishment of New Skills: Get a Certification of Completion

Upon passing the assessment, you will receive proper certification that is recognised all over the UK as well as internationally. The PDF certificate is free of cost which you can download instantly upon completing the assessment or you can order it via online. You can also receive an original printed copy of the certificate for showcasing your achievement anywhere and everywhere, which will be sent to you by post. The postal fee for this printed copy is only £5.99, with no additional fees or expense.

Who is this course for?

This comprehensive training course is designed for those who are looking to secure a career in forensic science who have a practical understanding of the industry yet require theoretical knowledge to kickstart their career. There are no specific entry requirements for this course, which can be studied on a part-time or full-time basis.

Career path

The Forensic Scientist Course Level 3 is ideal for aspiring professionals looking to gain the essential skills to fast track a career in this field. Professions within the field of forensic science include the following:

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Forensic Support Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • DNA Analyst
  • Fingerprint Expert

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