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The combined Criminology and Forensic Science Diploma will give you the necessary edge in the competitive Criminology and Forensics industry.
This Level 3 Criminology course is an extremely insightful home study course that has been created due to the popular demand of our Level 3 Certificate. Criminology is a broad subject area that draws on the study of crime, violence, victims, terrorism, criminal statistics and the criminal justice system. The Criminology course is a multi-disciplinary course that encompasses law, psychology and sociology in order to gain greater knowledge of this discipline and make informed conclusions.
Course topics covered within the Criminology course include Children and Criminology, Young Offenders and the Criminal Justice System, the Anglo American Model and Labelling Theory and Critical Criminology. The Criminology course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home in your own time and at your own pace.
Forensic Science Diploma
In this Forensic Science Diploma we will examine the fascinating subject of Forensic Science. Forensic science can be simply defined as the application of science to the law. In criminal cases forensic scientists are often involved in the search for, and examination of, physical traces which might be useful for establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime and the scene of the crime or victim. Such traces commonly include blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing etc., materials used in buildings such as paint and glass, footwear, tool and tyre marks, flammable substances used to start fires and so on. Sometimes the scientist will visit the scene itself to advise about likely sequence of events, any indicators as to who the perpetrator might be, and to join in the initial search for evidence. Other forensic scientists analyse suspected drugs of abuse, specimens from people thought to have taken them or to have been driving after drinking too much alcohol, or to have been poisoned. Yet others specialise in firearms, explosives, or documents whose authenticity is questioned.
This fascinating subject provides a host of exciting career opportunities for those who are appropriately qualified and motivated. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Forensic Scientist please visit Forensic Science Centre
Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you.
|Study Hours||720 hours|
|Entry Requirement||The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.|
|No. of Modules||41|
- Introduction to Criminology
- Chapter 1: Social Order Maintenance in Celtic & Roman Britain
- Chapter 2: Inequality before the Law
- Chapter 3: Criminalisation, Victims and the Role of the State
- Chapter 4: Classicism and Positivism
- Chapter 5: The Anglo American Model and the Chicago School of Criminology
- Chapter 6: Anomie, Social Control & Deviant Subculture Theories
- Chapter 7: Administrative Criminology
- Chapter 8: Labelling Theory and Critical Criminology
- Chapter 9: Right Realism
- Chapter 10: Left Idealism and Left Realism
- Chapter 11: Feminist Criminology
- Chapter 12: Ethnicity and Crime
- Chapter 13: Mentally Disordered Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
- Chapter 14: Young Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
- Chapter 15: Children and Criminology
- Chapter 16: Agencies of Social Control
- Chapter 17: The National Probation Service
- Chapter 18: Incarceration and Punishment
- Chapter 19: White Collar Crime
- Chapter 20: Violent Crime
Forensic Science Diploma
- Module 1: Pioneers of Forensic Science
- Module 2: Case Study 1 – The Bodies under the Bridge Case
- Module 3: Forensic Pathology
- Module 4: Forensic Anthropology
- Module 5: Forensic Biology
- Module 6: Case Study 2 The Body in the Carpet
- Module 7: Cranio-facial Reconstruction
- Module 8: Serology – DNA – Body Fluids
- Module 9: Case Study 3 – Who Killed Bambi?
- Module 10: Crime Scene Management
- Module 11: Ballistics
- Module 12: Fingerprints
- Module 13: Forensic Photographer
- Module 14: Case Study 4 – Doctor Death
- Module 15: Forensic Toxicology
- Module 16: Disputed Documents
- Module 17: Computer Crime
- Module 18: Case Study 5 Miscarriages of Justice
- Module 19: The Chain of Evidence/The Professionalisation of the Investigative Process
- Module 20: Case Study 6 Cold Cases
- Module 21: Careers in Forensics
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.
NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland
You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that unlimited support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
Completing a series of tutor marked assignments will lead you to the highly acclaimed Level 3 Diploma in Criminology and Forensic Science.
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If you have a query or question - check the FAQ's first as it is often quicker than waiting on the phone.
What is distance learning?
Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.
What do I need to do to get started on a course?
You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.
It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0800 970 2522.
To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0800 970 2522.
How does the distance learning/home study method work?
The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor.
Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.
Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.
Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.
These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.
How long should it take to complete a course?
Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from six weeks to nine months to complete your course.
The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.
We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.
How quickly will I receive my course material?
We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 7 to 10 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.
The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.
How much will it cost?
The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.
All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.
Please note that postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.
What support will I receive?
You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.
Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.
Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.
Will I have to sit an examination?
All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.
Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.
Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.
The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.
Can I study from outside the UK?
Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.
You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.
Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.
Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?
All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.
Can I take more than one course at a time?
Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.
The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.
Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.
Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?
No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.
However, we always advise you to carry out additional reading of your chosen subject to gain a deeper, and broader, understanding of the subject matter. You can do this by buying reference books or researching your subject on the internet.
Do I have to be a certain age to do a course?
No you can do these courses at any age. You’re never too young or old to learn.
How do I enrol?
Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0800 970 2522 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.
What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?
If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 7 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.
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