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Criminology at QLS Level 3 & Forensic Science at QLS Level 3

Criminology at QLS Level 3 & Forensic Science at QLS Level 3
  • criminology-forensics


This course is available in Paper format and Online.



Crime is a fascinating subject – we all know that! But why does it happen? How much of it exists? How is it changing? And how do we stop it? This engaging Criminology Distance Learning course will shed light onto all of these subjects and more.


By taking our Forensic Science distance learning course, you will gain a thorough understanding of relevant aspects of Criminology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, as well as an introduction to the world of forensics.


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Criminology at QLS Level 3 & Forensic Science at QLS Level 3

Course code: BUN03

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3


  • The course will take you through the key aspects of how the study of Crime & Criminology came about, focussing on the main theories. Criminology involves the study of many disciplines across a wide range from the behavioural sciences.
  • We then move on to studying the principal aspects of the Legal System, from the functions of the various courts to the people who have roles and responsibility for working within it including lawyers, judges, juries, witnesses, the Crown Prosecution Service and forensics experts. We also look at the issue of punishment and the range available to the courts.
  • Crime statistics are important in any study of Criminology as they attempt to provide a statistical measurement of crime, and we will be examining the different ways they can be collated as well as the uses that can be made of them.


  • Forensic means in the service of law. To study forensics involves the application of knowledge to legal issues. The term is derived from the Latin word forensis, which means ‘in open court, public’.
  • Forensic science is concerned with using scientific methods either in public, in a court, or in the justice system as a whole. In fact, any science used for the purposes of the law is forensic science. The prime function of Forensic Scientists is to provide evidence to support criminal investigations.
  • Drugs, violence, property crime, hi-tech crime detection is all about the appliance of forensic science. Now you can study this fascinating subject in your own time, at your own pace, from your own home, thanks to this excellent course.



Module 1 Criminology         

  • Definition
  • History
  • Classical
  • Positivism
  • Italian School
  • Lacassagne Discipline
  • Sociological positivism
  • Chicago School
  • Strain Theory
  • Social Learning
  • Control Theory

Module 2 The United Kingdom Legal System      

  • Civil Courts
  • High Court
  • Coroner’s Court
  • Courts-Martial
  • Magistrates’ Courts
  • Crown Courts
  • Youth Court
  • Court of Appeal
  • Criminal Cases Review Commission
  • Supreme Court
  • European Courts
  • The European Court of Human Rights
  • Police
  • The National Crime Agency
  • Trading Standards
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Private individuals and organisations
  • Prosecution and defence
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Sentencing
  • Imprisonment
  • Prison
  • Rehabilitation
  • Private Organisations

Module 3 Crime Statistics    

  • Reporting and Recording crime
  • Trends and Perceptions

Module 4 Crimes      

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Amphetamines
  • Cannabis
  • Cocaine
  • MDMA
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin
  • Violent Crimes
  • Property crime
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Fraud
  • Terrorism
  • Organised or transnational crime

Module 5 Criminal Profiling

  • Forensic Psychology



  • Computer Forensics
  • Forensic Accountancy
  • Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Forensic Dentistry
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Graphology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Blood Groups
  • Body Fluids
  • Toxicology
  • Fingerprints
  • DNA
  • Forensic Ballistics & Ballistic Fingerprinting
  • Hair and Fibres
  • Criminal Profiling

Crime Scene

  • Establishing the crime scene
  • Securing and protecting the scene
  • Collecting and categorising the evidence.
  • Forensic and medical photography
  • Bloodstains
  • Tyre tracks
  • Soil
  • Toxic Gasses
  • Trace evidence
  • Hair and fibres
  • DNA
  • Insects and flies

The Criminal Case

  • Evidence
  • Asphyxiation
  • Rape
  • Blunt force
  • Suffocation
  • Strangulation
  • Wounding
  • Electrocution
  • Drowning
  • Defensive wounds
  • Crime scene reconstruction
  • Face reconstruction
  • Expert witnesses

The Future of Forensics

  • Low copy number DNA
  • Lie detection
  • Digital Forensics
  • Water and Forensics
  • Bleaching
  • Familial DNA

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.


Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.






Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.