Certificate in Forensic Science I Cert

Certificate in Forensic Science I Cert

The Certificate in Forensic Science course is a single-module, distance learning course. It provides students with a broad introduction into forensic investigation, forensic chemistry and forensic biology.

Entry and Admissions



STUDY MODE: Part time

DELIVERY METHOD: Online (no attendance)

COURSE LENGTH: One semester

SCHOOL: School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Online Only

START DATE: September and February

Entry Requirements:

No formal prior qualifications will be required to enrol on the course, but students will find a science background useful.

Course Handbook

To read about the course in more depth, please download the course handbook: 2019/20 | 2020/21.

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Course Content

Workbooks are based on:

  • Forensic Investigation - focusing on the processes involved in an investigation and evidence collection. This workbook also covers fingerprints, document and glass analysis.
  • Forensic Chemistry - analytical chemistry is used in a wide range of forensic investigations. Students are introduced to the chemical techniques used in the investigations of drug cases (toxicology), explosions, arsons and the analysis of paint samples.
  • Forensic Biology - introduces a wide range of biological principles such as the use of hairs and fibres as evidence, alcohol level determinations and blood spatter pattern interpretation. This workbook also covers body fluids, molecular biology and DNA profiling.

For further information on our facilities, resources and laboratories within the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, please visit our pages on this website.

Learning Environment & Assessment

You will be supplied with six workbooks covering the above subjects, together with a copy of the most relevant textbook on forensic science. You will also receive a student handbook, and a Student Guide to Study Skills. Assessment is by means of three sets of multiple choice questions and three short essays. There is support from tutors by phone, e-mail or post, if needed.

Assessment is by coursework only, there is no formal examination. Students must submit six pieces of coursework.


Student Comment:

"Having received my University Certificate in Forensic Science, I thank my lecturers for their encouragement and support during the course, in particular, due to the nature of my employment with the Antarctic Survey. I found the whole experience both interesting and enjoyable and the quality of the course manuals was excellent".

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Application should be made via the University's Online Application System. In case of difficulty, please contact the School Office at:

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
University of Central Lancashire
Telephone: +44 (0)1772 891990
Email: fosterhub@uclan.ac.uk


About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk