Highgrove Education

Forensics

Learn about the role of Biology in solving crimes. You will learn how to assess and take evidence from a crime scene and how the evidence is analysed. You will understand the role of DNA evidence as well as trace evidence in solving murders, smuggling and other crimes. You will create your own crime scene and talk through the evidence.

Private Tuition

Key Information

COURSE SYLLABUS

TEACHER PROFILE

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentScience
TeacherMs Katrina Yerbury, Head of Biology
Course Length10 weeks 
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week 
ExaminationNone 
Entry RequirementsThis course is suitable for students who have completed AS Biology

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1The crime scene
Lesson 2Analysis of fingerprints and boot prints
Lesson 3Analysis of DNA part 1
Lesson 4Analysis of DNA part 2
Lesson 5Trace evidence
Lesson 6Creation and interpretation of a crime scene
Lesson 7Human remains
Lesson 8Forensic entomology
Lesson 9Toxicology and autopsy
Lesson 10Forensics presentations

Teacher Profile

Ms Yerbury has been teaching Biology for over 20 years, most recently at Harrow School Online, where her pupils achieved 75% A*-A in their 2023 A level results in Biology.  She has worked as an A level examiner for three examination boards, including Edexcel IAL, where she is a Team Leader. She is also a materials author, and has contributed to Edexcel IAL Biology and Chemistry A2 Textbooks written in 2018, and worked as a reviewer on the self-study materials written for Harrow School Online, as well as authoring the courses for Highgrove Online School. Ms Yerbury holds a joint honours degree in Biology and Geography and a PGCE in Biology and Games from the University of Bristol.