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Diploma in Forensic Accounting

Course Overview

Forensic Accounting Course

This Diploma in Forensic Accounting provides a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to an extraordinarily important and challenging area of modern finance.  Forensic accountants are required to work with businesses at all levels and public sector organisations alike, for the purposes of both investigating suspected fraudulent activity and generally monitoring, analysing and controlling appropriate use of business finances.

Forensic Accounting Course.

With no prior knowledge or experience required, this intensive Forensic Accounting Course, guides candidates through every important element of the forensic accountant’s responsibilities, along with the role such professionals play in a wide variety of settings.  Course content on this Forensic Accounting Certification, begins with a broad introduction to the concept of both forensic accounting and fraud, outlining exactly what it is that constitutes fraud and where the forensic accountant fits into the picture.

A variety of crucial and effective fraud detection techniques are introduced, along with the investigative process and various methods for gathering and producing the relevant evidence. Cyber-crime is also introduced, along with how to work both as part of a forensic team and as an independent contractor/consultant. Ultimately, candidates are instilled with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to begin outstanding new careers, or advance existing positions.  A wide variety of further-education options also open up.

Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants Membership

Students who have completed the Diploma in Forensic Accounting, from Brentwood Open Learning College, UK can apply under examination waiver programme for either of the following designations:

Certified Professional Forensic Accountant, if they have three years experience or Associate Certificate if they do not have three years experience.  An Associate can proceed to Certified professional Accountant designation after obtaining three years experience.

Institute of Certified Forensic Accountants 

Students who have completed the Diploma in Forensic Accounting, from Brentwood Open Learning College, UK can apply under examination waiver programme for either of the following designations:

Certified Professional Forensic Accountant, if they have three years experience or Associate Certificate if they do not have three years experience.  An Associate can proceed to Certified professional Accountant designation after obtaining three years experience.

Course Syllabus

Forensic Accounting Course : Key Topics

Diploma in Forensic Accounting consists of the following 12 units.

Unit 1 - Introduction to Forensic Accounting

In the first course unit, candidates are introduced to the role of the professional forensic accountant along with the primary responsibilities of accounting investigators and auditors.  A variety of types of fraud are discussed, along with the fraud cycle and the various skills and disciplines required to become a professional forensic accountant.

Unit 2 - Crime and Economy

The second course unit moves on to the true cost of financial fraud, both in relation to specific businesses/organisations and society as a whole.  A variety of common financial crimes are investigated, along with the core elements of effective fraud investigation.

Unit 3 - Psychology of The Fraudster

Course content then moves on to the profiling of those involved in fraudulent activities, bringing to light the traits and behaviours of those who commit fraud at both high and low levels.  In addition, candidates also discover who it is that is most likely to be targeted by fraudsters.

Unit 4 - Fraud Detection Techniques

The fourth unit begins with an in-depth investigation of fraud detection techniques, incorporating a series of effective information gathering methods and fraud risk factors, along with professional analytical procedures and techniques.  The concept of financial statement fraud is introduced, along with revenue recognition detection.

Unit 5 - The Investigative Process

Candidates explore the investigative process in Unit 5, which incorporates valuable insights on the gathering of intelligence, case planning, establishing goals and ultimately initiating a case. Case evaluation is also discussed, along with why it is that comprehensive planning is of such importance.

Unit 6 - Gathering Evidence

The sixth unit turns attention to evidence gathering, covering the various types of evidence that should be gathered, evidence created specifically by the forensic accountant, the various types of documents likely to be encountered along the way and how documentary evidence can be used to prove or disprove a case.

Unit 7 - Obtaining & Evaluating Non-Financial Evidence

In the seventh unit, additional evidence of a non-financial nature is introduced – specifically the implementation of interviews and how to effectively analyse official statements.  Candidates learn how such evidence can be used in conjunction with financial evidence when looking to prove or disprove a case.

Unit 8 - Interviewing Financially Sophisticated Witnesses

Professional interview techniques form the core focus of Unit 8, which guides candidates through each important step of the interview process.  Course content covers the purpose of the interview, how to plan a professional interview and ultimately how to implement an effective interview when dealing with financially sophisticated witnesses.

Unit 9 - Fraud Risk Assessment

Risk analysis and assessment enter the discussion in the ninth unit, which introduces candidates to a wide variety of risk assessment factors and best practices.  Candidates learn how fraud risk prevention is preferable to combatting actual instances of fraud.

Unit 10 - Fraud Prevention

The theme of fraud prevention continues into Unit 10, which focuses more intensively on fraud policy and the enforcement of ethics.  Candidates further investigate the effective methods for preventing fraud in a variety of settings.

Unit 11 - Computer Crimes

Cyber-crime forms the core focus of Unit 11, which outlines a variety of different types of cyber-data and crime, along with essential categorisations of computer crimes and associated theoretical teachings.

Unit 12 - Working in A Forensic Team

In the final unit of the course, candidates comprehensively investigate how to work within a forensic team.  Course content covers how to cooperate with internal and external auditors, working towards a common goal and how to work in the company of other legally trained professionals, including lawyers.

Fee & Payment Options
Paying in Installments: £660(interest FREE Installments)
Deposit: £120
No of Installments: 12
Each Installment: £45
Pay in Full: (£100 Discount) £560

Diploma in Forensic Accounting ( Level 4 )

IFA is an awarding organisation recognised by Ofqual, the UK public body responsible for maintaining and monitoring standards for general and vocational qualifications and examinations.

The IFA has been established since 1916 and is an internationally recognised membership body for professional accountants.

Part of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), the IFA is a large SME focused group of accountants with 35,000 members and students in 80 countries.

Diploma in Forensic Accounting has been designed and developed by Brentwood Open Learning College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

IFA endorsement means that the course goes through the regular and robust quality audits by external inspectors to ensure that the quality is consistently met.

Career Path

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to pursue work as a forensic accountant in a fraud-detection and prevention capacity. You may choose to specialise in corporate financial tax, insolvency, loss-prevention, financial forensics and many other areas, with salaries ranging from £25,000 to £40,000 or higher with experience. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Financial professionals with no experience in forensics
  • Existing accountancy workers pursuing promotion 
  • Graduates seeking high-level employment 
  • Business owners and top-level managers 
  • Entrepreneurs looking to establish freelance businesses 
  • Risk managers and consultants 
  • Anyone interested in developing professional-level accountancy skills 

Related Links:

Certificate in Forensic Accounting (Level 3)

Diploma in Accounting and Finance (Level 4)

Certificate in Accounting and Finance (Level 3)

Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
260 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

Start Date

  • Study financial fraud and the economic impact of contemporary crime
  • Explore the psychology of the fraudster and common types of fraud
  • Master analytical thinking and improve problem-solving skills
  • Investigate computer crimes and digital fraud in-depth
  • Learn how to lead fraud investigation teams and projects  

Customer Reviews

Total Reviews: (10)


The assignments were very comprehensive.The course material was suitable and apt for the student to do the assignments.


The Course was an eye-opener, the materials were very good, this course will help me here in Malawi because there is no University or Institution offering Forensic Accounting. The Lecturer Dr. Irfan was very good.Keep it up.



I have been seeing people doing online programme but none is compared to the this. The course itself focuses on the practical experience and very flexible. For me personally, it assisted me greatly in my work. The delivery method is effective and efficient making me always online and checking for an update. The entire course gives a good value for the money paid. My experience in this course has been great and wonderful. I have recommended it to my colleagues at work. It really worth it.



Self-paced and well structured. Interactive learning portal with great tutor support and feedback.



Thank you for all Course material. I really enjoyed Course time and I would like to thank you all and especially to my tutor for suggestions and answers.



In Terms Of Quality the program is the best . I enjoyed everything about the course i.e. questionnaires, case studies and activities.

#Nelson Marcos


The course was affordable. The study program was flexible enough for me to combine work and study. The study materials were prepared in an easy to understand language. The content of the course was just what i needed to enhance performance in my current job.



In Terms Of Quality the program is the best . I enjoyed everything about the course i.e. questionnaires, case studies and activities.

#Nelson Marcos


The course material was very well put together covering all areas of forensic accounting. It was very easy to read, understand, absorb and digest. The student login home page was very informative and provided other useful links for support of each topic. I enjoyed doing the assignments and looked forward to getting back the results which always put a smile on my face.



There was no pressure to keep up with any schedule, and the content was very good.

#Rebecca D. Thomas

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