Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Investigation

This short introductory course consists of four modules that build on one another, taking you through the entirety of crime scene investigation in a logical and intelligible sequence. Beginning at the point of criminal activity and the scene of the crime, the course will guide you through the investigative process for both the crime scene investigator and the detective.

Course details

The Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Investigation professional certificate course will immerse you in the law enforcement and forensic investigative processes using state-of-the-art technology, giving you valuable practical insight into real-life criminal investigations.
  • Mode of study: online
  • Intake: Intakes: September, January,  May
  • Course length: 3 years
  • Course fee: £6,935
  • Locations: online

Arden University London

Course overview

Through the use of the supplementary immersive learning environment, you will be able to translate these theoretical principles to a range of real-world scenarios, giving you keen insight into the practical underpinnings of the investigative process. From this virtual world you will gain an awareness of the natural progress of a forensic and criminal investigation, including the steps and communication strategies involved in each phase.


Entry requirements

o be eligible for the Introduction to Forensic Criminal Investigation professional certificate, you should normally have:

  • Completion of a level 3 qualification, such as A levels or equivalent


Your Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Investigation qualification will support your academic or career development in a number of ways. Here are just a few of the roles graduates may want to explore further:

  • Police Community Support Officer
  • Crime and intelligence analyst
  • Civilian detention officer
  • Civilian investigation officer


Your four course modules will introduce you to forensic and criminal investigation, police custody, and being a witness at Crown Court. You will learn the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the entire investigative process, from crime scene management through the investigative process of identifying and arresting the offender. Once arrested, you will get a feel for the police custody suit and the interview processes before appealing to CPS for a charge decision. To conclude the course you will assume the role of either the CSI or the detective and give your witness statement in the court. This course will give you a first-hand look into real-life criminal investigation, and how the various personnel involved work together to achieve their common goal of apprehending and charging a criminal offender.

  • Module 1: Introduction to Forensic Investigation (20 credits)
  • Module 2: Introduction to Criminal Investigation (20 credits)
  • Module 3: Police Custody (20 credits)
  • Module 4: Witnesses: an Introduction (20 credits)