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Certificate in Forensic Accounting (Level 3)

Course Overview

What Does a Forensic Accountant Do?

Forensic Accounting Certification,  has been designed to provide candidates with an exciting and captivating introduction to the world of financial investigation and fraud detection. It is the role of the forensic accountant to examine, analyse and present critically important financial information in a concise, understandable and evidence-backed manner. Forensic accountants play an exceptionally critical role in the prevention of fraud and the identification of fraudulent activities on every scale and in every industry or sector.

Forensic Accounting Certification

Over the six units of this Forensic Accounting Certification, candidates are introduced to both the concept of forensic accounting and the skills required to join this highly respected industry. Course content begins by examining the subject of fraud in both modern and historical capacities, before moving onto the specifics of fraudsters, their activities and their impact on society. The core focus of the certificate in forensic accounting,  then moves onto essential fraud detection techniques, the various risk factors affecting fraud likelihood and the planning/implementation of fraud case investigation. The final units of the certificate in forensic accounting, turn attention to the gathering and use of evidence, including the importance of both financial and non-financial evidence.

Upon completion, candidates will possess the skills, knowledge and confidence to begin extremely rewarding careers working with established accountancy firms, within business accountancy departments or with local/national government offices in various capacities. 

Course Syllabus

Certificate in Forensic Accounting:Key Topics

The course consists of the following six units:

Unit 1 – Introduction to Forensic Accounting

The course begins with a concise yet comprehensive introduction to the concept of fraud, both modern and in a historical sense. Candidates learn about the investigation of fraud, along with the role and responsibilities of the auditor and the forensic accountant.

Unit 2 – The Fraudster

The second unit focuses on the profiling and exploration of fraudsters, ranging from low-level fraudulent activity to the highest-level cases of criminal fraud. In addition, the unit introduces the effects of fraud on victims, along with the harmful effects of fraud on wider society.

Unit 3 – Fraud Detecting Techniques

This unit takes candidates through the analytical procedures and basic risk-assessment framework required to detect and recognised signs of fraudulent activities. Course content covers fraud risk factors and the monitoring/recognition of revenue in the detection of fraudulent activity.

Unit 4 – Case Investigation Procedure

The fourth unit shifts attention away from initial detection to focus on investigation preparation and implementation. Candidates learn the most important case evaluation and initiation skills, along with competent intelligence gathering methods and the setting of goals.

Unit 5 – Evidence Gathering

This unit looks more intensively at the gathering of evidence and providing sufficient proof to validate any suspected instance of fraud detected during the investigation process. Candidates are introduced to the concept of proof and the principles of using evidence to prove a case.

Unit 6 – Evaluating Financial and Non-Financial Evidence

In the sixth unit, the course rounds-off with an important overview of evidence evaluation in both financial and non-financial capacities. Candidates learn crucial statement analysis skills, along with how to professionally evaluate interviews and other statements

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Instalments: £395 (Interest FREE Instalments)

Deposit: £95

No of Instalments: 12

Each Instalment: £25

Pay in Full: (£80 Discount) £315


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Brentwood Open Learning College have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood Open Learning College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

What is ABC Awards?

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

An intermediate-level introduction to forensic accounting, this high-quality certificate serves as a crucial career springboard. Upon completion, you’ll have the option of continuing studying the subject at the highest possible level, or pursuing an entry-level position as a junior forensic accountant or accountancy associate. Salaries within the industry begin around the £20,000 mark and can reach beyond £40,000 with sufficient experience. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Accountants interested in exploring forensics
  • Anyone involved in budgeting or business finance
  • Newcomers to accountancy seeking a mid-level course
  • Those working within accountancy teams at any level
  • Current business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Anyone looking to improve their accountancy skills  

Related Links:

Diploma in Forensic Accounting (Level 4)

Certificate in Accounting and Finance (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 3

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
200 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No entry requirement.

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  • Explore the mechanics and consequences of traditional and digital fraud
  • Discover the latest investigation and fraud detection techniques
  • Improve your analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to work as part of a large fraud-prevention team
  • Study evidence gathering and the art of proving a case 

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