Fascinating Forensics

Ref: C3670978

The course covers the basic tenets of crime scene investigation; looking at crime scene evidence from the perspective of chemical, physical and biological remains that are collected and processed. Real case studies and practical session are part of the course

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To be aware of modern techniques in forensic science; improve understanding of popular television shows such as CSI and Silent Witness, and enjoy being a Crime Scene Investigator by carrying out the various practical techniques to solve a crime

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • all interested students welcome, but please note that real blood and crime scene evidence are used

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • understand how evidence is collected and processed
  • be aware of and carry out the various practical techniques used to process evidence
  • look at genuine case studies and draw conclusions based on the evidence available
  • be aware of how forensic science has developed over the last century
  • understand the impact of information technology and social media on criminal activities

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • a book box is available from the tutor for students who wish to carry out further research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • all the crime scene evaluation has feedback sheets for students to compare with their own ideas. All the sessions are put on line and students are given a DVD of all the sessions at the end of the course

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • all materials for the practical work is provided and each session has written hand out sheets of information. Old clothes are a good idea for sessions involving blood spatter analysis

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Many universities have free on line courses in forensic science for interested students

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Fascinating Forensics


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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