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Forensic Science Diploma Level 4

Level 4 / NCFE Certificate / PI573

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The Level 4 Forensic Science Diploma has been written as a progression route from our successful Level 3 Forensic Science Diploma and investigates the role of a Forensic Scientist and how they gather/interpret evidence.

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Course Description

The Level 4 Forensic Science Diploma comprises of twenty individual modules, each looking at a different aspect of crime scene investigation.

The initial module covers the science of crime scene investigation (field forensics) and focuses specifically on the crime scene and will provide you with an understanding of the importance of time, care and detail when evaluating a crime scene.

The next modules focus on evidence gained from a crime scene, the legal categories of evidence in criminal investigation and identifies the difference between individual and class characteristics of evidence. Biological, Non- Biological, Fingerprint, Ballistics and Arson evidence are studied in detail.

The programme then covers evidence at the Explosive Scene and the difference between an accidental explosion and the triggering of a bomb and investigates how and why the bomb scene is processed. In this module learners will discover how explosives differ and why this is important in assisting the Bomb Scene Investigator to determine what evidence to look for.

Forensic Pathology is detailed in the next modules, specifically looking at forensic pathology at the crime scene and the mortuary. It covers the role of both the Coroner and Pathologist and how evidence is collected and time of death is estimated. How an autopsy is carried out is detailed and investigates the many ways in which death can occur and how the forensic pathologist recognises them.

The next few modules focus on different roles within Forensic Science, specifically the role of a Forensic Anthropologist, a Forensic Odontologist and a Forensic Entomologist.
In Forensic Anthropology you cover the anthropological determination of gender, investigate the anthropological determination of age, the anthropological determination of ethnicity and the anthropological determination of height weight and individual differences.
In Forensic Odontology you will cover how the characteristics of human dentition can be used to help identify human remains, how the characteristics of human dentition can be used to help establish the age of human remains and investigate how bite marks can establish connections between a suspect and the victim.
In Forensic Entomology you will investigate arthropods and insects and their role in determining PMI, examine the actions of the forensic entomologist, crime scene investigator at the scene, investigate the life cycle of the blowfly, factors in its development and its importance in determining PMI and how the forensic entomologist maintains the chain of evidence.

The programme then details Forensic Botany. It covers role of the forensic botanist, investigates the sub discipline of palynology, anatomy and dendrochronology, plant ecology and investigates limnology.

Forensic Serology is then detailed and he student will examine the role of the forensic serologist, investigate blood typing, investigate the analysis of blood, semen, saliva other bodily fluids in the laboratory.

The next modules detail DNA Typing, Forensic Toxicology and Firearms Investigation.
DNA Typing covers DNA and its structure, DNA coding, DNA testing and profiling and the National DNA database and the legislation that supports it.
Forensic Toxicology will investigate toxicology and the role of the forensic toxicologist, examine presumptive and confirmatory testing for drugs and poisons and revise chain of evidence maintenance in respect of toxicological samples.
Firearms Investigation looks into the role of the firearms examiner, firearms identification, ammunition comparison, distance and angle of trajectory, identification of trace evidence and analysis of gunshot residue and serial number restoration.

Finally the student will examine questioned documents and the role of the questioned document examiner, examine handwriting analysis, investigate the examination of typewriters and typewritten documents, word processors and printed documents and investigate the examination of forged documents, the examination of inks and papers and document verification.

Each module throughout the Forensic Science Diploma links the content covered in each module to either the importance of preserving the chain of custody or the chain of evidence at a crime scene.

This course has been developed as a progression course from our Level 3 Forensic Science Diploma.

Modules

Module 1: The Crime Scene
Module 2: Evidence
Module 3: Biological Evidence
Module 4: Non Biological Trace Evidence
Module 5: Fingerprint Evidence
Module 6: Ballistics Evidence
Module 7: Evidence of Arson
Module 8: Evidence at the Explosive Scene
Module 9: Forensic Pathology at the Crime Scene
Module 10: Forensic Pathology at the Mortuary
Module 11: Forensic Anthropology
Module 12: Forensic Odontology
Module 13: Forensic Entomology
Module 14: Forensic Botany
Module 15: Forensic Serology
Module 16: DNA Typing (Fingerprinting)
Module 17: Forensic Toxicology
Module 18: Forensic Firearms Investigation
Module 19: Questioned Documents
Module 20: Forensic Vehicle Examination

Previous Knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Forensic Science Diploma. This Forensic Science Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

Assessment

The student will be required to demonstrate their personal learning and thinking skills by means of self and tutor assessed activities. Throughout the course the student will be expected to demonstrate reflective learning by evaluating their strengths and limitations as learners, setting themselves realistic goals and criteria for success, monitoring their own progress and acting on feedback to make changes necessary to improvement of their learning.

Awarding Organisation

This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Forensic Science Diploma. 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 Diploma. Additionally our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone.

course description

Course Description

The Level 4 Forensic Science Diploma comprises of twenty individual modules, each looking at a different aspect of crime scene investigation.

The initial module covers the science of crime scene investigation (field forensics) and focuses specifically on the crime scene and will provide you with an understanding of the importance of time, care and detail when evaluating a crime scene.

The next modules focus on evidence gained from a crime scene, the legal categories of evidence in criminal investigation and identifies the difference between individual and class characteristics of evidence. Biological, Non- Biological, Fingerprint, Ballistics and Arson evidence are studied in detail.

The programme then covers evidence at the Explosive Scene and the difference between an accidental explosion and the triggering of a bomb and investigates how and why the bomb scene is processed. In this module learners will discover how explosives differ and why this is important in assisting the Bomb Scene Investigator to determine what evidence to look for.

Forensic Pathology is detailed in the next modules, specifically looking at forensic pathology at the crime scene and the mortuary. It covers the role of both the Coroner and Pathologist and how evidence is collected and time of death is estimated. How an autopsy is carried out is detailed and investigates the many ways in which death can occur and how the forensic pathologist recognises them.

The next few modules focus on different roles within Forensic Science, specifically the role of a Forensic Anthropologist, a Forensic Odontologist and a Forensic Entomologist.
In Forensic Anthropology you cover the anthropological determination of gender, investigate the anthropological determination of age, the anthropological determination of ethnicity and the anthropological determination of height weight and individual differences.
In Forensic Odontology you will cover how the characteristics of human dentition can be used to help identify human remains, how the characteristics of human dentition can be used to help establish the age of human remains and investigate how bite marks can establish connections between a suspect and the victim.
In Forensic Entomology you will investigate arthropods and insects and their role in determining PMI, examine the actions of the forensic entomologist, crime scene investigator at the scene, investigate the life cycle of the blowfly, factors in its development and its importance in determining PMI and how the forensic entomologist maintains the chain of evidence.

The programme then details Forensic Botany. It covers role of the forensic botanist, investigates the sub discipline of palynology, anatomy and dendrochronology, plant ecology and investigates limnology.

Forensic Serology is then detailed and he student will examine the role of the forensic serologist, investigate blood typing, investigate the analysis of blood, semen, saliva other bodily fluids in the laboratory.

The next modules detail DNA Typing, Forensic Toxicology and Firearms Investigation.
DNA Typing covers DNA and its structure, DNA coding, DNA testing and profiling and the National DNA database and the legislation that supports it.
Forensic Toxicology will investigate toxicology and the role of the forensic toxicologist, examine presumptive and confirmatory testing for drugs and poisons and revise chain of evidence maintenance in respect of toxicological samples.
Firearms Investigation looks into the role of the firearms examiner, firearms identification, ammunition comparison, distance and angle of trajectory, identification of trace evidence and analysis of gunshot residue and serial number restoration.

Finally the student will examine questioned documents and the role of the questioned document examiner, examine handwriting analysis, investigate the examination of typewriters and typewritten documents, word processors and printed documents and investigate the examination of forged documents, the examination of inks and papers and document verification.

Each module throughout the Forensic Science Diploma links the content covered in each module to either the importance of preserving the chain of custody or the chain of evidence at a crime scene.

This course has been developed as a progression course from our Level 3 Forensic Science Diploma.

previous knowledge required

Previous Knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this Forensic Science Diploma. This Forensic Science Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

assessment

Assessment

The student will be required to demonstrate their personal learning and thinking skills by means of self and tutor assessed activities. Throughout the course the student will be expected to demonstrate reflective learning by evaluating their strengths and limitations as learners, setting themselves realistic goals and criteria for success, monitoring their own progress and acting on feedback to make changes necessary to improvement of their learning.

support

Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Forensic Science Diploma. 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 Diploma. Additionally our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone.

modules

Modules

Module 1: The Crime Scene
Module 2: Evidence
Module 3: Biological Evidence
Module 4: Non Biological Trace Evidence
Module 5: Fingerprint Evidence
Module 6: Ballistics Evidence
Module 7: Evidence of Arson
Module 8: Evidence at the Explosive Scene
Module 9: Forensic Pathology at the Crime Scene
Module 10: Forensic Pathology at the Mortuary
Module 11: Forensic Anthropology
Module 12: Forensic Odontology
Module 13: Forensic Entomology
Module 14: Forensic Botany
Module 15: Forensic Serology
Module 16: DNA Typing (Fingerprinting)
Module 17: Forensic Toxicology
Module 18: Forensic Firearms Investigation
Module 19: Questioned Documents
Module 20: Forensic Vehicle Examination
awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

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    Everything has been exemplary excellent.

    I have really enjoyed learning with NCC Home Learning their materials are very clearly and user friendly, in terms of tutor support it was excellent, I have really learnt a lot from them and the diploma I have achieved. It 's a huge milestone for me in the sense that I have an entry qualification to enrol for a Bachelors Degree in Forensic Science in Universities offering this type of program. I'm really thankful to NCC Home Learning and Brentwood College for everything they've done.
    By on 24 June 2016
    Dear Joseph Chinkota
    Thank you for your positive review of the Level 4 Forensic Science Diploma. We are really pleased that you are happy with the level of service provided by our team members and that you enjoyed your course. Thanks for acknowledging the quality of the learning resources and the convenience of the home study approach. Should you wish to undertake a further course in the future, please contact the team who will provide you with a returning learner discount.
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