If you’ve got a strong moral compass and a keen eye for detail, Crime Scene Investigation may be for you. Our qualification guides aspiring Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) through the methods used to accurately record and recover evidence at crime scenes. You’ll also gain an understanding of the development and context within which a CSI must operate effectively as integral members of investigative teams.
Discover the various methods crime scene investigators use to record and recover evidence to help solve crimes.
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Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.
Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by NCFE IIQ and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.
Difficulty - Level 3
Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Discover the origins of crime scene investigation. You’ll look at investigation procedures and what CSI should do when arriving at a crime scene. You’ll learn about where to record information gathered from injured parties, which charitable organisation provides assistance to victims, and when crime scene reports should be completed. You’ll also ascertain what goes on the bottom of every statement you write, what should be attached to forensic evidence collected from scenes, and what is meant by ‘hearsay evidence’ and ‘quartering a room’. Finally, you’ll identify what must be disclose by the prosecution and defence, types of computerised evidence management systems, equipment of CSI, and when an audit trail should begin when using a digital camera.
Gain a broad understanding into various types of trace evidence, such as fibres, glass, hairs, paint and soil. You’ll look at factors that affect how such evidence is recovered from a crime scene. You’ll also examine impressions or marks left at the scene of a crime from footwear, instruments (e.g. a crowbar), gloves and tyres. You’ll also learn about the history of DNA, and what it takes to recover DNA samples (e.g. saliva) from crime scenes. This unit will also boost your knowledge of fingerprints, from detecting them at scenes, to their individual characteristics, and their use to identify suspects. There will also be case studies to aid your progress.
Acquire knowledge of fire scene investigations, the role of agencies involved, why a CSI might suspect arson, and how to recover samples from the scene itself. You’ll look at firearms and explosives, as well as the recovery of discharge residue. There will also be a case study for you to work through to support your learning.
Identify background knowledge to the forensic examination of a crime scene. You’ll look at types of cordon put in place at scenes, what members make up a crime investigation team, as well as learn some key initialism, such as CSM. You’ll also explore organisations that provide advice during major investigations, how and why crime scene managers conduct team evaluations, and understand the principle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in relation to the management of a crime scene team.
Recognise which four groups biological weapons are divided into. You’ll be able to explain what CBRN stand for, as well as how CSI should package hardware, software and devices in cyber investigations. You’ll finally determine types of evidence to indicate drug use, and what items a you should consider removing as evidence from a scene of sudden infant death.
In the final unit, you’ll gain an overview of the role and structure of the Criminal Law Courts in England and Wales. You’ll understand the function and structure of various courts, including the Crown, Magistrates, Youth and Coroner’s Courts. Finally, you’ll learn about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service.
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You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.
We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.
You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.
No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.
No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.
Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).