Have you ever watched crime dramas? Do you ever wonder whether the methods shown to investigate crimes are true to life? Aimed at beginners, this course will cover the basics of forensic science, looking at different evidence types in the context of criminal investigations.
The course will cover the basic principles of forensic science with the aim of understanding the importance of forensic science in police investigations and court cases. We will discuss different types of evidence, how items from crimes are examined, and how evidence is analysed. We will also look at the significance of forensic science in example criminal cases. Learners will be encouraged to recognise the differences between television investigations and real-life forensic investigation.
Learners will have the opportunity to participate in practical activities.
Topics will include:
- the range and types of evidence in forensic science
- the role of the forensic practitioner - professionalism, health and safety, good laboratory practice and duties to the court
- Uses of different evidence types, including body fluids, fingerprints, footwear marks and hairs and fibres
By the end of the course students will be able to:
- Describe the role of forensic science in the justice system
- List evidence types within branches of forensic science
- Identify how certain evidence types are recovered during examination and different techniques for analysing them
- Recognise the uses of forensic examination in specific criminal cases
*PLEASE NOTE - The running of this course is subject to receiving sufficient enrolment numbers. Newbury College reserve the right to close, cancel or postpone a course if it has not received the minimum required enrolment number by the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, enrolled learners will be notified one week prior to the start of the course.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
A basic level of numeracy and literacy is required.
This course does not lead to a formal qualification.
Progress on this course will be tested through handouts, quizzes, observation, peer and lecturer feedback, and written work.
Learners would benefit from undertaking revision at home of information covered in class.
Students do not need to be in relevant work to undertake this course.
Students can progress onto other related courses including Level 3 Forensic Science and Criminology, with the appropriate entry requirements.
Fees and Additional Costs
There are no additional costs associated with this course.
Students need to bring the following to class: a pen, paper/notebook and folder (for handouts).