An Introduction to Forensic Science Interactive

Course Synopsis

Forensic science is an exciting and ever-changing field of study, one that focuses on the practical application of scientific theory across a wide range of disciplines, as has been brought into the public eye through numerous television series. This course will provide you with an introduction to the field and its key techniques, uses, and history.

Students taking this course will see that the reality of forensic science, and its role in criminal investigations, is very different to how it is presented in TV dramas such as CSI. This course will provide you with an overview of forensic science, covering the history of the practice, its relationship with the British legal system, its numerous disciplines, and the work typically encountered by a forensic scientist.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. The course is available to start instantly online – once enrolled, you can get started straight away.





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Interactive Tutorials

Quizzes and Exams



Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying forensic science, biochemistry, law, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand what differentiates forensic science from other science subjects
  • To gain an insight into what it is like working as a forensic scientist
  • To examine some of the key techniques that a forensic scientist would use when examining a crime scene

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss the various roles and applications of forensic science in the present day, particularly in a legal context
  • Understand the fundamental principles of crime scene analysis (and how they differ from those popularised in the media!)


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

Definition and History of Forensic Science

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial begins by exploring the relationship between science and the law to aid the British legal system. We then move on to discuss the history of forensic science dating back to the days of the Roman Empire, through the centuries all the way up to modern day forensic science in the 21st century. This brief journey through time introduces students to key cases that have helped to develop modern forensic practices.

Tutorial 2

Forensic Disciplines

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will establish an understanding of the numerous disciplines within the field of ‘forensic science’ including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, toxicology, digital crime, and ballistics. The tutorial will address the fundamental types of evidence and associated crimes encountered on a day-to-day basis within each sub-discipline, and will explore some famous case studies to illustrate how forensic theory is applied in practice.

Tutorial 3

Forensic Investigation

1 - 1.5 hours

This tutorial will look in detail at the day-to-day role of working forensic scientists, aiming to dispel common misconceptions about the jobs available in the field of forensics before taking a look at how scientists work together to see a case through successfully from crime scene to court. This tutorial builds on the previous one in its discussion of how law and science must work together to produce a successful outcome.

Tutorial 4

UK Forensic Science Providers

1 - 1.5 hours

The final tutorial of the course reviews the current state of forensic science in the UK and abroad. It does so by looking at the main forensic service providers in the United Kingdom, how and why they have changed dramatically in the last few years, and what these changes mean for the future of forensic science. This tutorial also aims to bring together many of the threads that have run throughout the course.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites Fluent/advanced Level of English
Interest in scientific subjects
Course Level For students applying/thinking of applying to university
This course is an area-specific course, designed to expand your scientific knowledge
Difficulty level: Easy
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

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