Textbooks and Workbooks


A reference book and student workbook on Crime Scene Investigation – Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis written by Simon Shawcross of Sci-High are now available. They are relevant to school and college forensic science programmes and UK BTEC programmes in particular.

Reference Book

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The reference book, by Simon Shawcross of Sci-High, is a wide-ranging and authentic introductory text book on forensic science designed for school and college forensic science programmes for students between the ages of 14 and 18. Based around a crime scene scenario and presented mainly in tabular and list formats for easy accessibility, it has direct relevance to Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis and Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice topics in UK BTEC programmes and will be relevant to other formal and informal courses of study also. It will also be of interest to general readers with an interest in forensics. Professional crime scene procedure is considered in detail including equipment, risk assessment, protocols, recovery techniques, contamination avoidance, record keeping and packaging. A wide range of laboratory-based evidence analysis is covered including fingerprints, blood patterns, DNA, footwear marks, digital media, fibres, hairs, drugs, toxicology, documents, firearms, entomology and the use of instrumentation. Examples of case-notes are provided. The professional responsibilities of forensic scientists are described along with principles of evidence interpretation and the use of databases. An example of a forensic written statement is included. Author Simon Shawcross has more than 30 years experience as a professional forensic scientist and forensic science teacher.

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Student Workbook

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The student workbook is designed for the use of school and college students age 14 to 18 undertaking introductory forensic science programmes. It has direct relevance to Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis and Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice topics in UK BTEC programmes and will be relevant to other formal and informal courses of study also. Based a round a case scenario of a burglary, the workbook structure demonstrates to students the detailed subject areas requiring study and research. It is not a text book. It contains many tables, exercises and answer-selection questions for students to complete as a means of developing comprehensive and authentic forensic science assignments. Crime scene examination is covered in depth, together with a wide range of evidence analysis topics. Comparison exercises for fingerprints, blood patterns, DNA profiles, shoe marks, fibres and hairs are included.  Evidence interpretation is considered along with the professional responsibilities of forensic scientists. A framework for a forensic written statement is provided. which sets out areas of study and allows students to complete tables, exercises and lists of information based on their own research as a basis for assignments.

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BTEC Level 3 Nationals

We provide a student workbook and a teacher workbook for the Evidence Collection and Analysis/Investigation Procedures units in BTEC Nationals Level 3 programmes:

BTEC Applied Science 2016 Unit 23 Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis

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BTEC Criminal and Forensic Investigation 2018 Unit 4 Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice

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The student workbook has more than 110 pages covering all the learning aims of the unit and provides a guide through all the operational aspects of an investigation of an aggravated burglary. It includes a large number of short written exercises for students to carry out and identifies specific areas of research which when complete provide a strong basis for assignments. Prepared by a degree-qualified professional forensic scientist, the workbooks have throughout a strong real-world emphasis and thus provide an employer perspective in the delivery of the programme. Their use has been endorsed by a BTEC Standards Verifier.

The teacher reference provides comprehensive answers to all of the exercises in the student workbook and assists in the planning and monitoring of the unit.

There is an additional workbook for all three programmes providing exercises to support those students who are aiming for a distinction marking.

When we attend a school or college for an event day in support of a BTEC Nationals programme, carrying out crime scene work and evidence analysis of a simulated aggravated burglary, the students complete parts of the workbook during the day. They then have further work to do on the workbook after the event day.

We can also provide workshops to support the Fire Investigation units of these programmes. Delivered by a degree-qualified fire scene examiner the workshops cover all the main aspects of fire science and scene investigation together with case studies.


Criminal Justice System

We provide a 30-page student workbook on the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales. It has worksheets and exercises for completion on CJS Agencies; Interactions between CJS Agencies and Forensic Science; Professional Ethics; The Expert Witness; The Forensic Science Statement; Types of Crime; Interpretation of Evidence; Courts in this Country; Roles and Responsibilities in Court; The Trial Process; The Investigation of Crime; Quality and Significance of Evidence; Interview Techniques for victim, witness and suspect; Sentencing; Crime Prevention; Treatment.

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Maths exercises on alcohol levels in drink-driving and DNA interpretation are available also.

All the workbooks can be purchased separately and delivered by email. please just contact us on info@scihigh.co.uk.