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Forensic Science Diploma Level 3

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Forensic scientists use science and technology to analyse a range of evidence from a crime. This Forensic Science Diploma will cover a broad base of skills and knowledge needed to understand evidence and what it is telling investigators.

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Level 3 / NCFE / PI302

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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Forensic scientists use science and technology to analyse a range of evidence from a crime. This Forensic Science Diploma will cover a broad base of skills and knowledge needed to understand evidence and what it is telling investigators.

Forensic science is a challenging field of study and work which has seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to TV programmes, both drama, and factual documentaries. If you have an enquiring mind, attention to detail and an interest in science, diploma courses in forensic sciences are a great choice.

This customised course is substantial, examining a wide range of issues, skills, and important areas of practice within forensics. Over the course of 23 modules, you will study the pioneers of forensic science, through to assessing a crime scene, the evidence chain and ballistics. There is also a module that examines computer or cybercrime.

The final module looking at the different careers open to you after completing forensic science home courses.

No prior learning is needed to complete this diploma, but you will need to commit up to eight hours a week to your studies – how you choose to do this is your choice! Assessment is through ongoing teacher-marked assessment (TMAs) as you work through the modules.

On successful completion, you will receive a certificate from the awarding body NCFE, as well as an NCC certificate that shows your ability to understand the basics of forensic science and apply these skills.

What can I do after completing an online Forensic Science course?

Successfully completing forensic science distance learning diplomas and certificates will open up new opportunities.

  • It can be a springboard for your current career as well as opening new career paths
  • On successful completion of the Level 3 diploma, many students progress to a higher-level diploma course or study specialist courses linked to forensics
  • Students continue their studies, such as following a degree path
  • With this course, and a further qualification in science such as HND or A level, students can apply to work as forensics support assistant

Studying forensic science courses online allows you to progress your career or start your journey to a new career by studying when and how suits you. With flexible study and payment options, including a choice of following the course online or on paper, this forensic science diploma is within reach.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Forensic Science course. This Forensic Science course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Forensic Science and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the Forensic Science course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.


This Forensic Science course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments and activities.


This qualification has been developed by NCC to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor. NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification. On completion of the Customised Qualification, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE.

Course modules

  • 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

Learner support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Forensic Science course. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through your course work and answer any questions you may have during your Forensic Science course. Additionally, our support staff will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone.


What does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study book within our stated period.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are:

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Forensic Science Diploma Level 3

M Byrne

“Loving my course”

I'm enjoying my course so much and my tutor is really helpful.


M Byrne

“NCC, a great company to sign up with!”

I purchased a course from NCC and they have been excellent. The support and feedback from my allocated tutor on each module of my course has been fantastic. Given that there are some companies offering courses on the Internet where the ratings have been dire, I'm happy to rate NCC very highly!


M Byrne

“I really have enjoyed doing the course”

I really have enjoyed doing the course, it has been amazing and really felt very professional and the tutor was absolutely fantastic and really made the course as her feedback certainly made a difference. I like the ability to pay monthly as it does make it easier. I would be happy to recommend anyone to study with NCC as they provide good courses, fantastic help and service with proper high quality feedback from the tutor throughout which made me produce good work. Highly recommend to anyone wishing to learn to change career, or improve qualifications as this is ideal.


M Byrne

“Forensic science ”

I did the forensic science course for a year. It was great I enjoyed every minute of it. The modules were great and the tutor feedback was extremely helpful. I would definitely recommend NCC it has a wide range of course suitable for everyone.


M Byrne

“I started my Forensic Science course in April”

I started my course in Forensic Science at the end of April. It has been great so far and I would highly recommend NCC to anyone, Great support when needed and very efficient at sending the feedback for my assignments.

L. King

M Byrne

“A fantastic experience from day 1”

A fantastic experience from day 1. Highly recommend joining NCC as a student, the variety of courses on offer is second to none and the support from your tutor is invaluable. Student and customer support is also great, every time I had a query I was assisted promptly and efficiently. In a nutshell, I cannot wait to finish this diploma to begin another one.


M Byrne

“I'm loving my forensic course it will…”

I'm loving my forensic course it will definitely help me along with my uni work (criminal justice). Was super easy to sign up and didn't take long to get everything for me to get started. Definitely would recommend


M Byrne

“When i decided to research how to enrol…”

When I decided to research how to enrol in a forensics science course I honestly had no idea what to expect, my initials thoughts were that it would be a long gruelling task to find the right course to work round my full time employment. NCC home learning website caught my eye straight away and a few clicks later i was enrolled in the exact course I was looking for. I would highly recommend to anyone searching to improve existing skills or seeking new career paths, to look into NCC home learning courses!

David Johnstone

M Byrne

“Prompt and relevant response!”

I was rather impressed by the prompt response from NCC Home learning from enquiry to the enrolment. The online enrolment portal was very user-friendly and the process quick and confirmations instant. I will definitely recommend it!!

Caroline Joe

M Byrne

“Very easy to sign up and very…”

Very easy to sign up and very reasonable price with the option of instalments, very useful. Can't wait to start my course, very excited.

Paul Fagan

M Byrne

“Just enrolled on a course through NCC…”

Just enrolled on a course through NCC Home Learning. This is a perfect option for a mother of 3 who works part-time. I want to study for a new career and didn't have the option of going to classes due to family and work commitments. This is perfect to do alongside in my own time. The payment plan options as well make this very affordable. Thank you. Would highly recommend to everyone.

Christine Armstrong

M Byrne

“The course I am studying is good value…”

The course I am studying is good value & being able to spread the cost over 12 months is very helpful. The course material arrived quickly, is easy to understand & the deadlines for assessments are flexible. I'm already looking at what to study for my next course!

Krista Oakes,

M Byrne


I have enjoyed every minute of this course. It was really nice to have own time and space to learn. It was really easy to read and understand. I am so glad that I passed this course as I have mild learning difficulties. I am feeling that I want to learn some more and do the next level up.

Rebecca Ryan,

M Byrne


I have enjoyed every minute of this course, Tutor support was fantastic and I fully intend to do another course with them Brilliant experience.

Kirsty Rands,

M Byrne

“Very good institution”

It is a very good institution. I have come to learn about Forensic Science which is beneficial to our country, Zambia.

Lisepiso Siyumbwa,

M Byrne

“Easy to understand and self-explanatory”

I have enjoyed studying the Forensic Science course and I have learnt a lot from it. The text was easy to understand and self-explanatory. I think to make the course more interesting it would have been good to havve had videos to watch from, rather than just reading the text and answering from it. I had to make my own research to make it a little bit more engaging and enthralling. It would be nice to maybeknow a little bit about our tutors (what sort of work they're in, they're experiences etc.) just so we (the students) know whose marking our work. A short portfolio perhaps? Philip Boyce was a good tutor, whose comments I found to be positive and encouraging.

Julie Ellis,

M Byrne

“Brilliant experience :)”

I have enjoyed every minute of this course Tutor support was fantastic and I fully intend to do another course with them Brilliant experience :) x

Kirsty Rands,

M Byrne

“More than satisfied”

I was more than satisfied with the course meeting my learning goals in the subject I chose. I thought the way the course was laid-out was excellent, and the course encompassed all the areas I was interested in. I liked the fact that the reading material prompted the student to do their own research, as well as to give their opinion at times. My tutor's feedback was detailed and thorough, and my overall experience learning with NCC was very positive! I am grateful to both for giving me the academic confidence I needed. I am now looking at doing the higher level course.

Samantha Crossley,

M Byrne

“Excellent support - will definitely recommend”

Completing this course gave me the knowledge and understanding to how the law utilizes scientific principles and techniques to resolve legal disputes and the flexibility of the studying made it possible to fit the course into my demanding day to day life. The learning material was easy to understand and the step by step support I received from my tutor was excellent as it took me more than a year to finish due to my time to time hospital admission as a student with spinal injury. I will definitely recommend NCC Home Learning to friends and family.

Esther Nkansah Ansong,

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