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Forensic Science

Forensic Science

Forensic scientists provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations. They are primarily concerned with examining contact trace material associated with crimes.

This follows the principle that ‘every contact leaves a trace’ that will offer potential evidence to link a suspect with the scene of the crime, the victim or the weapon.


Competition Overview

The Forensic Science sector is made up of a wide range of rewarding roles that have a positive impact on the lives of others as well as the UK Criminal Justice system

This WorldSkills UK competition showcases the values, behaviours and attitudes required to work in forensic science and what it means to provide quality analysis.

Competitors will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support investigators to maintain the investigation with impartiality, control and exemplary high standards through a variety of practical exercises.

This competition is organised by Complete Forensics C.I.C.

All registrants must demonstrate strong theoretical knowledge and practical experience within a forensic science role through the following skills and competencies:

  • Support a range of investigations reports and plans delivered by investigating officers and authorities, including but not limited to:
  • Documentation
  • Examination
  • Recording
  • Risk Assessment
  • Informed decision making in line with ISO 17025 and/or 17020
  • Investigation decision making
  • Positive risk management
  • Hygiene and infection control
  • Use of appropriate equipment
  • Administration of evidence
  • Reflection, reporting and recording
  • Treat people with respect and dignity and honour their human rights
  • Communicate clearly and responsibly both written and verbal
  • Champion science in the criminal justice sector
  • Research and develop learning patterns based on established practices

In addition, all competitors must be confident in applying sector specific codes of practice and regulations. Registrants must be prepared to demonstrate their skills in a challenging competitive environment, which will reflect the diversity of the sector.

General instructions

Each organisation may put forward a maximum of ten competitors who must be entered in order of priority as determined by pre-heat selection (e.g. pre-heat competitions delivered by organisations) and commitment to the full competition cycle*. This competition is not designed for those with one module in forensic science on Applied Science courses.

If the maximum number of competitors is exceeded the organising partner will undertake a fair selection process based on the information provided.

Successful registrants will be allocated to a regional heat, which may require a commitment to travel and (very occasionally) over-night stay. 

*Competitors must be aware that there may be an admin fee raised should they fail to turn up and attend the heats without sufficient reason.

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Competition organising partner

Competition organising partner

Complete Forensics is the competition organising partner for the Forensic Science competition.

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