Forensic Science (Level 3)


Course Code EDNCHSCPC21

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Forensic Science diploma. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Forensic Science is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Forensic Science course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

In this course we will examine the fascinating subject of Forensic Science. Forensic science can be simply defined as the application of science to the law. In criminal cases forensic scientists are often involved in the search for, and examination of, physical traces which might be useful for establishing or excluding an association between someone suspected of committing a crime and the scene of the crime or victim. Such traces commonly include blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres from clothing etc., materials used in buildings such as paint and glass, footwear, tool and tyre marks, flammable substances used to start fires and so on.

Sometimes the scientist will visit the scene itself to advise about likely sequence of events, any indicators as to who the perpetrator might be, and to join in the initial search for evidence. Other forensic scientists analyse suspected drugs of abuse, specimens from people thought to have taken them or to have been driving after drinking too much alcohol, or to have been poisoned. Yet others specialise in firearms, explosives, or documents whose authenticity is questioned.


What Could I Do After Taking This Forensic Science Course?

With relevant Experience and Qualifications, you can go on to become a Forensic Scientist. If you enjoy science and want to help solve crimes, this job could be perfect for you. This type of scientist prepares traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law. As well as a degree, you will need to have an enquiring mind. You’ll need to have a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail. Often you’ll have to meet deadlines and work under pressure.

As a forensic scientist, your main role would be to look for evidence to link a suspect with a crime scene. Forensic scientists use principles of biology, chemistry and maths, and a range of techniques, to obtain and analyse evidence from a variety of sources - including blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres, glass fragments and tyre marks.

Starting salaries can be around £20,000 a year. With experience, earnings may reach £25,000 to £35,000 a year. Senior forensic scientists may earn £45,000 or more.*

*Figures are intended as a guideline only.


Course Features

Your Forensic Science (Level 3) Course:

    In this Forensic Science Diploma we will examine the fascinating subject of Forensic Science. Forensic science can be simply defined as the application of science to the law.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Forensic Science (Level 3) course is: 200 Hours

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Key Topics

The Level 3 Forensic Science course is divided into 21 comprehensive modules:

Module 1: Pioneers of Forensic Science
Module 2: Case Study 1 – The Bodies under the Bridge Case
Module 3: Forensic Pathology
Module 4: Forensic Anthropology
Module 5: Forensic Biology
Module 6: Case Study 2 The Body in the Carpet
Module 7: Cranio-facial Reconstruction
Module 8: Serology – DNA – Body Fluids
Module 9: Case Study 3 – Who Killed Bambi?
Module 10: Crime Scene Management
Module 11: Ballistics
Module 12: Fingerprints
Module 13: Forensic Photographer
Module 14: Case Study 4 – Doctor Death
Module 15: Forensic Toxicology
Module 16: Disputed Documents
Module 17: Computer Crime
Module 18: Case Study 5 Miscarriages of Justice
Module 19: The Chain of Evidence / The Professionalisation of the Investigative Process
Module 20: Case Study 6 Cold Cases
Module 21: Careers in Forensics


This course is marked through a process of continuous assessment guided by your tutor following NCFE guidelines. This means that your qualification will be awarded according to your performance on assessments rather than by taking an exam.

We send the full course out with the units listed above, you then read through the course in your own time and complete the assignments which you send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments. However, one sentence answers will be rejected and you will have to re-submit it for marking.

Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, a certificate of achievement will be awarded by the national awarding organisation NCFE, as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Forensic Science and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Home Study Resources

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

This Level 3 in Forensic Science pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.


NCFE Level 3 Forensic Science Diploma
At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by UKOL which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework  (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

In Scotland this course leads to a Level 6 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 6 on the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SQF).

In Ireland this course leads to a Level 5 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 5 on the Irish Qualifications Framework.

This course has been designed to meet specific learner requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited by NCFE.

Possible Career Path

Forensic Scientist
Forensic scientists locate, examine and compare traces of physical evidence for use in courts of law. They use the principles of biology, chemistry, physics and maths to obtain and analyse evidence from a variety of sources, including blood and other body fluids, hairs, textile fibres, paint, glass fragments and tyre marks. As a forensic scientist, the main focus of your work would be looking for evidence to identify a suspect, test proposed scenarios, determine whether or not there is evidence to link an item or suspect with a crime scene, or interpret analytical findings. However, your duties could vary depending on your specialism and may include some of the following: blood grouping DNA profiling detecting body fluids and where possible commenting on body fluid distribution examining and interpreting blood patterns on clothing, items or at a scene in an attempt to comment on how that blood was distributed examining and interpreting damage on clothing and other items identifying and quantifying drugs and poisons in body fluids and interpreting the effect these may have in terms of toxicity and behaviour identifying and comparing various materials, including fibres, glass, oils and lubricants, paints and soils, firearms discharge residue examining damage/tool marks and comparing with the suspect tool examining and comparing footwear mark impressions analysing handwriting, signatures, ink and paper (known as questioned documents) providing expert advice on explosives, firearms and ballistics identifying and quantifying controlled substances, evaluating links between different seizures by comparing impurities, and packaging recovering data from computers, mobile phones and other electronic equipment (known as digital forensics) attending crime scenes, such as a murder or fire liasing with police officers and barristers determining case strategies and updating these as a case progresses giving impartial scientific evidence in court (if you have been trained as a 'reporting officer') supervising assistant forensic scientists in the lab. researching and developing new technologies You might use a variety of techniques and equipment to examine evidence, ranging from visual scrutiny, microscopy, chemical colour tests, chromatography such as GC or LC - often combined with MS or MSMS, and photography to infra-red, ultraviolet-visible and fluorescence spectroscopy Scanning Electron Microscopy and Microspectrophotometry.

Find out more about the Job Role for Forensic Scientist.

What's Included

Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Forensic Science home study course and earn your award:

  • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
  • Completion Certificate
  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • One year educational support by e-mail.

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Further Information
Award Level: Level 3 Diploma

Awarding Body: NCFE (

Format: Online / Paper

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This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.


Step One: It's simple - all you need to do now is choose whether you want to pay in instalments or in full and then click on the relevant enrolment button at the top of this page.

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Step Three: Within 7 days (normally 48 hours) your enrolment papers and course materials will be with you. A tutor and a dedicated support advisor will also be allocated to you.

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Professional Membership

About NCFE
More than 150 years of Vocational Awarding, NCFE can trace their record of working with colleges and other providers back to their founding organisation...

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland


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All our tutors are working professionals in their chosen fields and prefer to be contacted by email. In this way they can record your questions and progress.

Will my tutor answer my support requests quickly?

Yes, all tutors aim to give you feedback on your assignments within 10 working days. However, you do not usually have to wait this length of time.

How long do I have to complete the course?

Most courses are for 12 months from the date of purchase and we actively encourage you to complete within this time frame.

Can I extend my tutor support if I do not complete within 12 months?

Yes, we can extend your course for a further 6 months for a fee. We only allow one extension per course.

Are there any exams?

Most of our courses are designed to be completed through assessments so you are not required to take exams except for A Levels and some Bookkeeping courses. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the arrangement for a centre at which to sit your exams is for you to make.

How does distance learning work?

To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.

When can I start the course?

The answer is simple, when YOU want; you can start the course at any time we do not have any set enrolment dates. Most of our courses don’t require any previous experience or qualifications. All you need is a desire and motivation to succeed. You can even start right now - call and speak to one of our Professional Course Advisors.

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Most of our courses are available in both Online & Paper formats. You can choose the way your want to study and submit your course work

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £65). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period.

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Most of our paper based courses do not require you to sit examinations, only continual assessments. Where there are examinations required, you will receive all the information you need to make your own exam arrangements. Please note exam fees are not included in your course fee, unless otherwise stated.

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Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.

Course Outline

How is this course structured?

The Level 3 Forensic Science course is divided into 21  comprehensive modules:

In civil cases forensic scientists may become involved in some of the same sorts of examinations and analyses but directed to resolving disputes as to, for example, the cause of a fire or a road accident for which damages are being claimed.

Forensic scientists can appear for either side - prosecution or defence in criminal matters, and plaintiff or defendant in civil ones. They tend to present their findings and opinions in written form either as formal statements of evidence or reports. Sometimes they are required to attend court to give their evidence in person. However, the evidence is produced and whether supporting the case for the prosecution or the defence, the evidence collected and presented by forensic scientists is subject to the rules of evidence and the provisions of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. For this reason the importance of the continuity of the chain of evidence will be stressed throughout the course.

The origins of forensic science, which can be traced back to Imperial Rome and even earlier to Ancient China, are discussed in the first module where you will have a brief introduction to the pioneers of forensics. The assessment for this module will require you to draw up a time line of forensic developments and to match forensic innovators with their particular contribution to the body of forensic knowledge. The second module is composed of a case study describing a particular crime scene. The module will examine who does what at the crime scene, which specialists attended or were involved, which branches of forensic science were involved, how evidence was collected, preserved and presented. At the end of this module there will be a completed example case study report and some knowledge checks designed to get you to organise the information you have acquired into a format that you feel comfortable with. There is also a requirement to submit a 500 word essay. Subsequent modules will present a detailed discussion of the forensic specialists and specialisations involved in the case study. Each module will be followed by knowledge checks and an essay requirement. This pattern will be followed throughout the course and you will examine a number of case studies. It is only the essays and/or case study exercises that need be submitted for assessment. There is no examination. You will be assessed solely on the course work.

Module Overview

Module 1: Pioneers of Forensic Science
This introductory module focuses specifically on Pioneers of forensic science and the objectives of the module are to understand that like policing, forensic science has a developmental history, to be aware that the use of forensic science can be traced back to 3000BC and perhaps even earlier, to be aware that the techniques of forensic science are continually developing and to have an awareness of the pioneers of forensic science, including Ambroise Paré, Mathieu Orfila and James Marsh.

Module 2: Case Study 1 – The Bodies under the Bridge Case
Module 2 of the Level 3 Forensic Science Diploma looks to recognise the different forensic specialities involved in a criminal investigation, understand the different roles each specialist plays, to understand how the various aspects of an investigation fit together to provide a complete picture of events and to understand the importance of the unbroken continuity of the chain of evidence. If Sergeant Sloane of the Dumfries Constabulary was hoping for a quiet Sunday afternoon shift that day, he was to be sadly disappointed. To him fell the task of beginning the investigation into the origin of mysterious body parts.

Module 3: Forensic Pathology
Pathology is the study of the changes in the structure and function of parts of the body caused either by disease or injury. Module 3 looks to help the student to understand what is meant by pathology, understand the difference between hospital pathology and forensic pathology, understand what is meant by histology, and understand the difference between hospital histology and forensic histology.
The student will also have a basic understanding of the role of a pathologist, a basic understanding of the conduct of an autopsy and have an understanding of how the pathologist contributes to the outcome of a criminal investigation.

Module 4: Forensic Anthropology
Forensic anthropology serves the policing and judicial communities by analysing human remains for medico-legal purposes. It is a specialised area of science that requires detailed anatomical and osteological training.

Module 4 will help the student to understand what is meant by forensic anthropology, the role of the forensic anthropologist, what is meant by osteology and dentition and to understand how an anthropologist compiles a biological profile.

Module 5: Forensic Biology
Entomology is the study of insects and forensic entomology is the study of insects and other arthropods in a legal context. The applications are wide-ranging, but the most frequent is to determine the minimum time since death, that is, the minimum post-mortem interval (PMI), in suspicious death investigations.

Module 5 of the Forensic Science Level 3 Diploma will help the student to understand what is meant by forensic entomology, the difference between academic and forensic entomology and have a basic understanding of the role of a forensic entomologist. This module will also help the student understand what is meant by forensic botany and how the forensic botanist can contribute to a criminal investigation.

Module 6: Case Study 2 The Body in the Carpet
The 7th December 1989 dawned as a grey and miserable day in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. Workmen engaged in maintenance and improvement work at 29 Fitzhamon Embankment cursed the cold that chilled their bones as they cut into the garden of the terraced house with their spades. Their task was to dig a trench in which they would lay a new sewer pipe. A few feet down into the earth they found a rolled and rotting carpet. The sight of the contents of the carpet, a human skeleton, made their blood run colder than the harsh winter weather ever could.

Module 6 recognises the different forensic specialities involved in a criminal investigation, the different roles each specialist plays, how the various aspects of an investigation fit together to provide a complete picture of events and the importance of the unbroken continuity of the chain of evidence.

Module 7: Cranio-facial Reconstruction
Craniofacial reconstruction refers to a group of procedures used to repair or reshape the face and skull of a living person, or to create a replica of the head and face of a dead or missing person. The word "craniofacial" is a combination of "cranium," which is the medical word for the upper portion of the skull, and facial.

After completing module 7 of the Forensic Science level 3 Diploma, the student will understand what is meant by craniofacial reconstruction, have a knowledge of some of the leading exponents of craniofacial reconstruction, have a basic understanding of how the forensic artist/sculptor reconstructs a human face and have a basic understanding of how 3D images of a face can be generated by computer.

Module 8: Serology – DNA – Body Fluids
Module 8 covers the understanding of how a DNA profile is used in identification, the role of the serologist in a criminal investigation, why and how biological specimens are collected at the scene of a crime and also the problems related to DNA collection.

Module 9: Case Study 3 – Who Killed Bambi?
Module 9 looks into the case study of the White House Farm Murder and the student will learn how to recognise that assumptions and preconceived ideas can have a detrimental effect on the collection of forensic evidence, that professional crime scene management is vital to the conduct of a successful investigation, that different forensic experts can put different interpretations on the same evidence and also that the courts can misinterpret expert evidence.

Module 10: Crime Scene Management
Examination of the crime scene is a crucial stage in the investigation, it is here, and from victims and suspects that vital contact traces will be found. If the evidence is badly handled, wrongly labelled or contaminated by personnel at the scene it will be useless to the laboratory and useless for presentation in court.

The Objectives of module 10 are to understand what is meant by crime scene, understand why a crime scene needs to be managed, understand what is meant by continuity of the chain of evidence, understand the responsibilities of all investigators particularly the Senior Investigating Officer, understand the role of the crime scene manager and also understand what is meant by the golden hour and fast track action.

Module 11: Ballistics
The term ballistics refers to the science of the travel of a projectile in flight. Forensic ballistics identifies firearm usage in crimes. It is the area of forensic science that deals with firearms, how they are used, why they are used and why they are used frequently in the commission of crime.

Module 11 of the Forensic Science Level 3 Diploma will help students to understand what is meant by forensic ballistics, that there are different types of firearms, why individual firearms can be identified. They will also have a basic understanding of the role of a forensic ballistics expert, have a basic understanding of how firearm serial numbers can be restored and have a basic understanding of the liaison necessary between forensic experts, such as when examining bullet wounds.

Module 12: Fingerprints
The natural oils of the body preserve the fingerprint, which is absolutely distinct; no two humans have been found to have the same fingerprints. Fingerprints are even more unique than DNA.

Students will understand how and why fingerprints are left and have a basic understanding of the Henry fingerprint classification system. Students will also have a basic understanding of how fingerprints are disclosed and lifted at the scene of crime, have a basic understanding of how fingerprints are taken from a living person and a basic awareness of the IDENT1 database.

Module 13: Forensic Photographer
Forensic Photography is an integral part of criminal investigation procedures employed by police and security forces throughout the world. As well as witness statements, the reports made by officers and other physical evidence provided by the crime scene itself, photography is used to provide an accurate account that cannot be altered.

In module 13 the student will look at what is meant by Forensic Photography, the role of a Forensic Photographer, the skills required by a Forensic Photographer and have a basic awareness of the career path of a Forensic Photographer.

Module 14: Case Study 4 – Doctor Death
Dr Frederick Harold Shipman was unusual in that his original motive [for murder] was not money, but those inner demons that drive the serial killer. His choice of profession enhanced his ability not only to kill, but to remain undetected for so long. It is ironic that he was finally brought to justice after he allowed greed to modify his usual modus operandi. (Watson 2004).

During this case study, students will recognised that assumptions and preconceived ideas can have a detrimental effect on recognising that an offence has been committed and the subsequent collection of forensic evidence, recognise which forensic experts figured in this investigation, understand the role of the forensic experts in this investigation, recognise that trained, skilled and professional investigators and good crime scene management is vital to the conduct of a successful investigation, recognise that the incompetence of the offender can often lead to his/her apprehension and also recognise that those involved in the investigation offences can and do learn from mistakes.

Module 15: Forensic Toxicology
Forensic toxicology is the branch of forensic science that seeks to identify and quantify the presence of toxins (poisons) in the human body. Samples examined for toxicological purposes can include blood, urine, various other biological fluids, hair, nails and other tissues.

Module 15 looks into what is meant by forensic toxicology, the role of the forensic toxicologist, sample testing in forensic toxicology and some of the testing techniques available to the forensic toxicologist.

Module 16: Disputed Documents
Any interaction between people that involves documents has the potential for fraudulent activities. Module 16 covers what is meant by a disputed document, what is meant by a disputed document examination, the role of a disputed documents expert and the skills required by a disputed documents expert.

The student will also have a basic awareness of principles followed by a forensic document examiner when analysing handwriting and a basic awareness of equipment available and techniques used during a disputed document examination.

Module 17: Computer Crime
The objectives of Module 17 are to understand what is meant by computer crime, to have a basic understanding of the complexity of computer crime, have an awareness of the types of computer crime investigated by computer forensic experts, have a basic awareness of the problems of tackling computer crime in Britain and to have an awareness of evidence gathering principles.

Module 18: Case Study 5 Miscarriages of Justice
This case study will help the student to recognise that misinterpretation, bad science, prejudice and confused thinking can lead to a miscarriage of justice, understand that where there is more than one possible interpretation of the chain of evidence, all evidence must be assessed impartially and understand that administrative rules such as the judges rules and later the obligations imposed by the Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984 exist in order to prevent miscarriages of justice.

The student will also learn that the evidential value of expert testimony can be overestimated. If there is a conflict of evidence, there is no way of ensuring the jury will always get it right. No human system can expect to be perfect.

Module 19: The Chain of Evidence / The Professionalisation of the Investigative Process
Evidence is information by which a fact is proved or sought to be disproved, or an allegation is proved or sought to be disproved (Hayward & Sparkes 1994). In a criminal trial this translates to; the means by which the prosecution tries to prove its case and the defendant tries to cast doubt upon the prosecution's case.

The objectives of module 19 are to have a basic idea of the rules of evidence, have a basic idea of the forms of evidence, have a basic understanding of the requirements surrounding the admissibility of evidence and to have an understanding, particularly in relation to case studies examined, of why professionalisation of the investigative process was necessary.

Module 20: Case Study 6 Cold Cases
Carol Park went missing from the family home, in Leece, near Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in 1976. On 17th July 1976, the family had planned a trip to the seaside town of Blackpool, on the Fylde coast, but at the last moment Carol said that she felt ill and remained at home. The rest of the family made the journey to Blackpool but when they returned home Carol was not there.

The Lady in the Lake case study in module 20 looks into The major problem with cold cases, including the investigation’s age, officers retire, memories fade and without new technologies such as DNA profiling the likelihood of solving them is reduced. New technology and investigative techniques continue to provide fresh ways of looking at cold cases and Investigators typically need one piece of information to solve a case, advances in DNA profiling can often provide this information.

Module 21: Careers in Forensics
Module 21 looks into the career opportunities available to work in Forensic Science in the UK. Civilians are now employed by many British police forces to provide a variety of technical services. SOCOs (Scenes of Crime Officers), who as a result of recent television shows are also referred to as CSIs, (Crime Scene Investigators) will normally have some scientific training.

Course Fees

Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Forensic Science home study course is £437.50, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £350 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £87.50 and then 4 equal payments of £87.50 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

Online Version

With online based study you can access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

PAY IN FULL £350.00 £350.00
PAY IN INSTALMENTS* £87.50 £87.50 4 £437.50

Paper Version

With paper based study we post out the course materials to you. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

PAY IN FULL £370.00 £370.00
PAY IN INSTALMENTS* £107.50 £87.50 4 £457.50

Online & Paper Version

With online & paper based study we post out the course materials to you and you can also access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

PAY IN FULL £400.00 £400.00
PAY IN INSTALMENTS* £137.50 £87.50 4 £487.50

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You can propose a custom payment plan below in order to pay for your course. Please use the sliders above the table to configure your custom plan and then fill out the attached form. One of our course advisors will contact you with a decision regarding your plan.

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*Please note: One of our course advisors will attempt to create an instalment agreement based on the figures you have entered above, however the actual amount and length of the agreement may vary.

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With paper and cd-rom course formats, we offer delivery options to many different countries. Please see the table below for more information.

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About Us

About Us

We bring together professionals in the distance learning market with around 50 years’ experience in both home learning and customer service, to bring you excellence. We have a comprehensive database of courses, containing the most sought-after national and international qualifications with high quality course content.

We offer the solution to the dilemma faced by most adults wishing to further their education :- “how do I fit learning into an already-busy life?”. With Home Study Expert it’s easy. Our courses are all taught via ‘supported home learning’ – so you have the freedom of being able to study any time at any place, with the peace of mind of knowing that a dedicated tutor is on hand. We use the latest and most varied methods – you can contact your tutor by mail, phone, fax or email. And we have formats of courses to best suit you, available in paper, cd-rom form or online.

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Signing up for a distance learning course can be a big step but so worthwhile, you will not just improve your earning power, but gain confidence and transferable skills as well!

We want to ensure the end to end experience with Home Study Expert is as simple and straight forward as possible, and have provided a summary of helpful information and links to ease your journey into a new career.

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    We are always happy to hear from you, call, email, fax, live chat or complete an online form. We have a strict SLA to respond to an enquiry within 4 working hours.

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    We always encourage our customers to review our terms and conditions before enroling on a course. This is to protect you as well as to ensure there is a clear understanding of our agreement with you.

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    What a great idea for a business incentive or just as a present - do you know someone who could benefit with enroling on a distance learning course?

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    Once you have signed up for your course, we will send you your student enrolment number, which will then allow you to sign up to the student portal to access tutor support, forums, study guides and meet and chat to other students.

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    We understand the importance of having the right qualifications that will allow you to advance your career. This is the standard that an employer will benchmark your success upon. view our nationally recognised qualifications.

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    Visit this section to get answers to the most commonly asked questions, if you can't find the answer to a questions - please do get in touch. You'll frequently asked questions relating to this course in the course features section above.

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Home Study Experts

If you would like to talk to us about your choice of course please don't hesitate to contact one of our team of Course Advisors to discuss your options.

Complete the enquiry form opposite with the details of the course you are interested in and a specialist advisor in your chosen subject will call you back at your requested time.

Alternatively, talk to a Course Advisor through our Live Chat facility to the right hand side of this page, you can call us on local rate 0844 357 1110 or call us free on Skype. 8.00am-8.00pm seven days a week.

If you are calling from outside the UK, please call 0044 705 006 2221, use Live Chat or complete the enquiry form and we will call you back.

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Easy Payment Plan

Are you looking to spread the cost of your course? Pay a deposit online and then spread the balance over four monthly payments.

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to get started on your chosen course. Simply download the instalment agreement below, complete in full and return the signed agreement to accept the terms and conditions as set out here. Upon receipt of this agreement we will dispatch your course materials, tutor contact details, study guide and student portal login information within 48 hours.

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Business Customers

Business Customers

Home Study Expert delivers high-quality online and paper based distance learning training services. Transform the skills of your employees and improve business performance and profitability.

Discover the benefits of learning with eDistance Learning and see how we can help your company. Call 0844 357 1110 or fill in the contact form below.

Once we understand what your business needs are, we can offer you expert training and funding advice. The helpline is open from 8am to 8pm, everyday.

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Price Match

Price Match

When you enrol with us we want you to know you're getting the best course with the most comprehensive support structure at the best price. We're proud to offer you our Price Match Guarantee.

It's simple. We're so confident that we're offering you a fantastic deal - we'll refund the difference if you find the exact same course on any other UK website within 7 days of your purchase.

To request a price match refund, please fill out the form below including: the name of the website where the product is cheaper, your full name, telephone number and email if available. You will receive an automated acknowledgment of your request, and we will review the details and reply to you via email within three business days.

Upon our acceptance of your refund request, please allow 14 days for delivery of your refund which will be credited as a second transaction on your credit or debit card. The time taken for the refund to appear on your credit or debit card statement varies so the amount may not show on your next statement.

Please note: to avoid potential abuse and to enable us to honour our price-match refund guarantee to genuine customers, the acceptance of all refund requests is ultimately at the discretion of Home Study Expert, who will at all times act reasonably and in good faith.

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Award Level Level 3 Diploma
Format Online / Paper
Study Time 200 Hours
Entry Requirements No Entry Requirements
£437.50 £350.00
£350.00 deposit + 4 monthly payments of £87.50 £87.50 £65.63 £87.50
Ex Tax: £350.00

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