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Cavan Institute

Cavan Institute


 

Applied Science - Forensics


Course Code:  5M3807 CI061FO
Award Code(s):  5M3807
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
Forensic Science is defined as any science which is used as evidence in a court of law. This course will provide participants with a broad knowledge of the core sciences and an understanding of the Irish legal system.

This course looks at the fundamentals of forensic science, evidence collection and analysis. Students will gain skills in fingerprinting, exposing and lifting prints, analysing hair and fibres, casting foot and tyre prints, blood spatter analysis and DNA profiling. Participants will develop useful skills through hands-on laboratory work as well as an appreciation of the concepts particular to forensics.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Biology
Chemistry
Communications
Criminal Law
Criminology
Laboratory Skills
Mathematics
Microbiology
Word Processing
Work Experience
Forensics

 

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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M3807