Forensic Science Diploma - Level 4

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Course Code : PI573
Format : Paper
Accreditation : NCFE
Suggested Duration : 240 Hours
Level : 4

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Course Description

Forensic Science Diploma - Level 4 NCFE

Our Forensic Science Diploma covers twenty modules, all of which will provide you with a range of learning knowledge required to successfully complete this course.

They will also give learners a real insight into a range of forensic science topics.

Module 1: The Crime Scene 

This first module will provide students with an introduction concentrating on the crime scene. It will allow learners to obtain an understanding of the importance of time, care and also attention to detail when it comes to evaluating and analysing a crime scene.

This section will examine a range of concepts for example Locard’s Exchange Principal, the ‘Golden Hour’ and ‘Fast Track Action’ and looks at the identification process, documentation, collection and also the presentation of evidence. 

Module 2: Evidence 

This module will examine the legal categories of evidence in criminal investigation and also will highlight the differences between individual and class characteristics of evidence. Students will then be provided with an in depth understanding of trace evidence and how it is discovered, collected, recorded, packaged and also labelled.

Module 3: Biological Evidence

This section will investigate a range of examples of biological evidence. Learners will examine both how and why biological evidence is collated. You will learn how evidence links victim and the offender to the crime scene. 

Module 4: Non Biological Trace Evidence 

This module looks in detail at the non-biological trace evidence covering how and why it is gathered. You will be able to link victim and criminal to a crime scene. Students will also look into how impression and imprint patterns can be utilised in the reconstruction of a crime scene. 

Module 5: Fingerprint Evidence 

This unit will look at the uniqueness of fingerprints, and there value when it comes to presenting evidence. Learners will consider how and why fingerprints are recovered. Not only this, you will gain an understanding of a range of characteristics of fingerprints at a crime scene. 

Module 6: Ballistic Evidence  

This module will provide learners with a real insight into how and why ballistics/firearms are collected as evidence. You will learn about expended ammunition and gun gunshot residue (GSR) and the methods of recovering it from crime scenes.

Module 7: Evidence of Arson

This module will look at the differences between accidental fires and arson. It will also look at the triangle concept and also continue on to examine what evidence is gathered to establish the causes of a fire. Students will investigate the evidential value of accelerants and also how they are gathered at the scene. It is also important that learners gain an understanding of the requirement of maintaining the chain of evidence at the place where the fire took place. 

Module 8: Evidence at the Explosive Scene

This module will investigate the differences between an accidental explosion and also the triggering of a bomb. Learners will be provided with the knowledge of how and why a bomb scene is processed. Not only this, you will uncover how explosives differ and why it is essential in supporting the Bomb Scene Investigator in gaining all the necessary evidence from the scene. Students will also look at issues and difficulties that may arise at the bomb scene. 

Module 9: Forensic Pathology at the Crime Scene

This section will guide learners through the role of both the coroner and also the pathologist. Learners will also examine how and what evidence is gathered at the scene of a murder and also how biological processes can be utilised when it comes to estimating the time of death. 

Module 10: Forensic Pathology at the Mortuary

Module 10 will provide learners with an insight into why and how autopsy is carried out, this includes looking at the methods in which death can occur and also how a forensic pathologist can identify and recognise them. Students will also investigate how and why internal and external examination of a corpse is conducted whilst at the mortuary. 

Module 11: Forensic Anthropology

Learners will look at what it really entails to work in the role of a forensic anthropologist. Students will also consider the anthropology determination of gender, as well as investigate the determination of age, the anthropology of ethnicity, and also the determination of height and weight. 

Module 12: Forensic Odontology 

This section will look at what it entails in the role of the Forensic Odontologist, how the characteristics of human dentition can be used in order to identify and establish human remains and also the investigation of how links can be established between a victim and a suspect for example bite marks. 

Module 13: Forensic Entomology

In this unit, students will learn about what it entails to work in the position of the forensic entomologist. Learners will also examine arthropods and insects and also their role in determining PMI, highlight the actions of the forensic entomologist, the crime scene investigator and the life cycle of the blowfly. Not only this students will gain an insight into the factors in the development and also the significance in identifying PMI and how to establish and maintain the chain of evidence. 

Module 14: Forensic Botany

This module will look at the job role of the forensic botanist and what it really entails. Learners will investigate the sub discipline of palynology, anatomy and dendrochronology, plant ecology as well as limnology. 

Module 15: Forensic Serology 

This section will examine the role of the forensic serologist. Students will explore blood typing, the analysis of blood, semen, saliva, and other bodily fluids. 

Module 16: DNA Typing (Fingerprints)

This unit will look at DNA including its coding, structure, testing and also profiling. Learners will also examine the National DNA database and also the supporting law and legislation involved. 

Module 17: Forensic Toxicology

This unit will look into the role of the forensic toxicologist. Students will explore the confirmatory testing for drugs, poisons and also review and maintain the chain of evidence, regarding toxicological samples.

Module 18: Forensic Firearms Investigation

This module will discuss the role of the firearms examiner, ammunition comparison, firearms identification, the angle of trajectory, the restoration of serial numbers and also the identification of trace evidence gunshot residue. 

Module 19: Questioned Documents

This section will allow students to explore a range of documents and the functions of the questioned document examiner.  Other areas students will examine include: handwriting analysis, typewriters and type written documents, word processed printed documents and also the investigation of forged documentation. This module will provide learners with an in depth understanding of how to investigate the ink and paper used. 

Module 20: Forensic Vehicle Examination

This final module will consist of the investigative forensic vehicle examination and also the vehicle examiner. Not only this, learners will explore what it really entails to work in the role of a forensic vehicle examiner with regards to fatal road traffic accidents. Students will learn how to examine motor vehicle paint chip analysis and also the analysis of glass.  

All of the modules within the Forensic Science Diploma Level 4 relate to the significance of maintaining and preserving the chain evidence at a scene of a crime.


No Previous Knowledge Required

There is no previous learning knowledge or experience needed to enrol on to this course. This makes our Forensic Science Diploma openly available to anyone who has a keen interest in this field. Students have the freedom to start this course for up to 12 months from registration. 


Course 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 of 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


12 Months Tutor Support

Students will receive a course manual and a study guide on enrolment. You will also be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have throughout the duration of the course. You will also be able to access our student help desk who will be available to answer any other questions you may have. 



Learners will be required to complete a range of self and tutor marked assessments. This will enable you to demonstrate your learning knowledge and understanding in this subject.  It will allow you to monitor your own personal progress.


Awarding Organisation

This programme has been approved under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited, which has been accredited as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to provide recognition to courses. Accreditation from NCFE is seen as a guarantee of high quality. Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a certificate. The learning outcomes of this course have been measured and benchmarked using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors. This will enable learners to look at the level of achievement involved and also the difficulty of the course. 


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