Introduction to Forensics Online Course

Full Fee $545.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Why study this Introduction to Forensics course?

If you’re passionate about law, justice, or criminology, Careerline’s online Introduction to Forensics is the course for you.

Whether you hope to upskill or get a head start on future studies, studying with Careerline will have a positive impact on your future. With relevance to a range of professions from law and justice to crime writing, Introduction to Criminology will allow you to advance in your career and become a highly skilled and capable practitioner.

What will you learn?

Introduction to Forensics provides students with a broad and comprehensive overview of how forensics is used in the criminal justice system. You will develop an understanding of how forensic science and the law work together to solve crime. The science of evidence collection, and how this evidence is analysed, are also covered in this course. Students learn about the links between crime and psychological disorders. In addition, you will study criminal profiling, presenting evidence in courtrooms, and how ethical issues can affect the use of forensics in criminal cases.

Who is this online Introduction to Forensics course for?

If you are a practicing lawyer, law enforcement officer, justice official, paralegal, or other professional within the field of law and justice, this course is designed to help you upskill. You
will develop a deeper understanding of how the science of forensics applies to your professional. The knowledge you learn will make you a highly skilled practitioner with specialist
knowledge, allowing you to advance in your career and pursue new opportunities.

In addition, anyone with a desire to learn more about the use of forensics in crime will benefit from studying Introduction to Forensics. This includes future university or college students looking for a head start on their studies. You will be introduced to concepts that are covered in tertiary and vocational courses, so you will be able to approach your studies with confidence.

Course Aims
  • Define forensic science and its various offshoots.
  • Describe the application of forensic science to the investigation of crimes and legal process.
  • Explain crime scene investigations, different categories of evidence, and their collection procedures.
  • Explain how different types of evidence are tested and analysed on site and in the laboratory.
  • Explain the roles of individuals working in specialist forensic sciences and the services they provide.
  • Understand theories underlying criminal behaviour in men, women and children.
  • Explain psychological disorders and how this can relate to criminal behaviour in adults.
  • Explain how assessment and data collection is used in forensic sciences, law enforcement and psychology to profile criminal offenders.
  • Understand how evidence is presented in court and issues surrounding eye witness testimonies.
  • Explain how ethical issues can influence collection of evidence, use of data and profiling.


Detailed Course Outline


This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

The Nature of Forensic Science

Forensic Science and Law

Evidence Collection

Analysis of Evidence

Specialist Forensic Services


Psychological Disorders and Crime

Criminal Profiling and Intelligence

Presenting Evidence in Court

Ethical Issues

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

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    Course Tutor

    Dr Nicholas Harris B. Psychology (Hons I), PhD

    Nicholas is a social psychologist; he studies and teaches on topics involving group-level and individual-level behavior, as well as examining the effect of the situation.  Nicholas has been involved in writing textbooks and research papers in psychology. Nicholas’ teaching experience is vast; he has taught social psychology, indigenous and intercultural psychology, statistics, research methods, psychological measurement and assessment, personality, organizational psychology, counselling skills, and ethics. Nicholas has also completed a number of short courses on counselling and suicide prevention, and has volunteered for a number of years with Lifeline. Nicholas has supervised a number of honours and master’s research theses.

    How It Works

    1. Learn Online

    Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

    2. Get Help & Support

    Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

    3. Receive Certificate

    Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.