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News: Do you have what it takes to become a Forensic Scientist?

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A surge in popularity for Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) shows over the past few years as seen a growing interest in courses like forensic science, but would you have what it takes to become a real crime scene investigator?

As part of British Science Week 2022, we caught up with some of our Forensic Science students to find out more about the course, what interests them about the subject, and about their future aspirations.

Christine and Shaila are both in year two of the Level 3 Forensic Science course, based at the College’s City Hub. Christine, 20, started on the Level 1 Applied Science course and worked her way up through the levels. In September, she’s progressing to De Montfort University Leicester to continue her studies in Forensic Science. She said:

I’ve always loved watching crime scene shows like Bones and Bull, and seeing strong female characters helping to solve crimes, really sparked an interest for me. 

I enjoy the laboratory aspect of forensics and analysing evidence. It’s so satisfying when you get a reaction from your experiment, and it gives you an answer to your investigation. 

 — Christine

For Shaila, 18, being present on the scene, collecting evidence, is what interests her. She said:

I really enjoy the practical side of investigating and being hands-on at the crime scene. 

 — Shaila

Shaila is progressing to Nottingham Trent University to study an Integrated Masters in Forensic Science and says her lecturers helped to inspire her. 

Two of our lecturers have Masters Degrees in Forensic Science, and Emma is studying towards a PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy). They are so passionate about what they teach and so encouraging. It really helps to spur you on. 

 — Shaila

For 2023, the College is investing in a real crime scene house’ where students will be able to train in a simulated crime scene environment, as true to life as physically possible. Students will also benefit from industry-grade equipment, including a new fingerprint analysis machine, UV Spectrometer, and blood spatter room.

Emma Hook - Science Lecturer

We’re really excited about our new crime scene houses and equipment. It puts us on a par with industry and gives our students training opportunities that even some universities can’t match. 

 — Lecturer, Emma Hook

The Forensic Science course covers a variety of topics, including crime scene investigation, forensic anthropology, DNA fingerprinting, analytical chemistry, and bloodstain pattern analysis.

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  • 11th March 2022 (12:06 PM)
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