Crime Scene Investigation Level 3

Our course code: X348

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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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.

Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) are crucial support units to Police and other law enforcement agencies. They essentially scrutinise crime scenes, finding clues, taking photographs and collecting key evidence. This evidence will then be sent for analysis to convict criminals. CSI will stand by their evidence and will often testify in a court of law.

Our CSI qualification quickly debunks myths and media representations. We also get down to the nitty-gritty of crime scenes – there’s none of that TV drama here. Crime Scene Investigation is different in real life and is every bit as exciting and, of course, important. You’ll discover why CSIs are important, from their ability to quickly grasp the extent of a crime scene, use their initiative to secure sites, and conduct initial walk-throughs. Also, you’ll uncover how to document a breadth of evidence in various ways.

An ideal course for anyone serious about a career in crime scene investigation or forensics. If you’re intending to work with the Police, this course works well with Science A-Levels in Biology or Chemistry. Also, a little photography (a key CSI duty) experience goes a long way, too! The average salary for a Crime Scene Investigator in the UK is £34,000. However, if you go on to further education, and perhaps work your way up to a forensic scientist, you could be learning, earning and getting involved a lot more.

On our Crime Scene Investigator Level 3, you will:

  • Learn about the history of Crime Scene Investigation in the UK
  • Discover the best approach to crime scenes
  • Gain insight into a range of different types of evidence
  • Become accustomed to investigating major incidents
  • Recognise leadership and management in crime scene investigation
  • Understand varying security and health and safety issues at crime scenes
  • Familiarise yourself with UK criminal law courts
  • Also, learn so much more when you enrol

Discover the various methods crime scene investigators use to record and recover evidence to help solve crimes.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

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.

Course Duration

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.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by NCFE Customised Qualifications. You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

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.

Course Content

1: History of Crime Scene Investigation in the UK and How to Approach Crime Scenes

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.

2: Trace Evidence

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.

3: Investigating a Fire Scene, Firearms and Major Incidents

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.

4: Leadership and Management in Crime Scene Investigation Including Health and Safety at Crime Scenes

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.

5: Other Sources of Evidence

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.

6: UK Criminal Law Courts

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!