1 Criminalistics Diploma Level 3 Distance Learning Course

Criminalistics Diploma Level 3


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Level 3


200 Hours

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

If you want to develop your knowledge of Criminalistics so that you can embark on a rewarding career or you are already working in a related field and want to improve your career prospects, then the Distance Learning Criminalistics Diploma course is for you.

Criminalistics is the forensic science of analysing and interpreting evidence using natural sciences. Forensic science pertains to all sciences applied to legal problems and Criminalists use the science of criminalistics to help solve crimes. They examine and identify any physical evidence to reconstruct a crime scene and physical evidence they gather, may be anything: evidence so small that a microscope is needed to see it, or as large as a truck. It may be as subtle as a whiff of a flammable gas at an arson scene or as obvious as a pool of blood found at a murder scene. The enormous range of material challenges the ingenuity of the criminalist who examines and identifies hair, fibres, blood, seminal and body fluid stains, alcohol, drugs, paint, glass, botanicals, soil, flammables, and safe insulating material; restores smeared or smudged markings; and identifies firearms and compares bullets. Criminalists use this physical evidence to enable them to provide a link between a suspect and the victim. The transfer of clothing fibres or hair fibres between a suspect and the victim can provide an invaluable link. Fingerprints, bullets, and shoe impressions are other important links that can be found.

It is not possible for a single person to become proficient in the examination and analysis of all types of physical evidence and increasingly, criminalists and other workers in forensic science laboratories are specialising in the examination of one or a few types of physical evidence rather than all of them. As an example, forensic biologists analyse the biological or genetic properties of evidence, trace evidence analysts identify material that is transferred between two objects and determine its origin, and firearms and tool mark experts examine firearms, ammunition components, and tools and marks left by them.

Although not strictly speaking, a component of criminalistics, a module on psychological evidence has been included in this course. This is because the input for the discipline of forensic psychology is heavily dependent on the output of criminalistics.

At the beginning of each module is detailed guidance of the evidence against which the students’ work will be assessed. It is essential that the students make constant reference to this guidance as they progress through each module to ensure you have a thorough understanding.

The final module is a reference and data file. It is possible for the student to obtain a bare pass in the course using only the course material and the material contained in the reference and data file. This file also points the student to further reading and websites which will assist in further research and allow the student to evidence independent enquiry and creative thinking, thereby securing a more creditable pass.

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

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You will receive the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch together with dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months.  All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The Criminalistics Diploma course is assessed by a series of activity questions, all which require submission to your allocated tutor for marking and feedback. Once all assessments and activities have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam.

Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.

Payment Method            Version Initial Payment Monthly Instalment Total Payable
Pay in Full Paper £360.00 Nil £360.00
Instalment Option 1 Paper £240.00 £50.00 X 4 months £440.00
Instalment Option 2 Paper £140.00 £100.00 X 3 months £440.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.

Delivery costs are as follows:
UKFree Delivery
Rest of the World£65.00
Payment of delivery charges will be required before dispatch of your course.

  • Module 1: The Crime Scene

  • Module 2: Biological Trace Evidence

  • Module 3: Fingerprints

  • Module 4: Trace Evidence

  • Module 5: Entomological Evidence

  • Module 6: The Fire Scene

  • Module 7: The Explosives Scene

  • Module 8: Ballistics

  • Module 9: Psychology and the Crime Scene

  • Module 10: Revision and Consolidation
Awarding Organisation

This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.


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