Forensic Science Level 3

Do you envisage yourself in a white suit, with latex gloves and lots of plastic bags? Are you hooked on CSI Miami or CSI New York? Forensic science is the scientific method of gathering and examining information about the past which is then used in a court of law.

This course will cover the key knowledge and skills required for students interested in pursuing a career in this fascinating and gripping topic area, which also includes aspects of science, law and psychology. Forensic scientists use principles of biology, chemistry and maths, and a range of techniques, to obtain and analyse evidence from a variety of sources – including blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres, glass fragments and tyre marks.

As a forensic scientist, your main role would be to look for evidence to link a suspect with a crime scene. However, your duties could vary depending on your specialism. If you enjoy science and want to help solve crimes, this job could be perfect for you. This course could be your springboard to a better you. If you have an enquiring mind, a passion for science, a fascination with solving puzzles, with collecting all the minute details to find an answer, and keep a keen eye on developments in the scientific world? Then this is the ideal solution.

On this course you will:

  • Learn about the principles and practicalities of working in a scientific setting
  • Be provided with the opportunity to understand better the workings of the criminal mind
  • Learn how crime scenes are investigated
  • Learn procedures followed and collect and analyse evidence from a crime scene.


Your first step in forensic science, learn procedures used to collect evidence and how crime scenes are investigated.
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Awarding body: ABC Awards
Our course ref: ST308

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework. ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our students.

Study Hours

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

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course. 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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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 ABC Awards 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 ABC here. Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an ABC award.

Additional Information
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.
Section 1
Introduction to Forensic Science
  • Scientific disciplines
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computing

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.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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