To study how science is used to provide evidence in criminal investigations and support legal processes.

    In this context students will increase their general scientific knowledge and develop their laboratory skills and investigatory skills.

    Unit Topics

    • Fingerprinting
    • Forgery
    • Hair and Fibre analysis
    • Impression evidence
    • Blood as evidence
    • Dentition
    • Forensic entomology

    Skill Development

    Science inquiry skills such as questioning, predicting, planning, conducting, recording, analysing, evaluating and communicating.

    Possible Assessment Tasks

    Practical investigation, presentation, research tasks and assignments.


    Practical investigations.

    Career Options

    Forensic science develops skills that are directly related to the following jobs: analytical chemist, biomedical scientist, detective, document examiner, odontologist, forensic scientist, scientific laboratory technician, teaching laboratory technician, toxicologist.

    Year 10