On course for future in forensics

WANNABE sleuths can sign up to a college’s new forensic science course.

East Durham College will start to offer the BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) course to students starting in September.

The college, based in Willerby Grove, Peterlee, could inspire the next generation of pathologists like TV’s Sam Ryan from the drama Silent Witness.

Jacqui Lee, a curriculum director at the college, said: “Employment in the forensic science sector has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last 10 years, due largely to advances in technology such as the National DNA Database, and an increased reliance on forensic techniques by police forces for minor crimes.”

The BTEC Level 3 is equivalent to three full A-levels and features a large amount of practical work and forensic investigation including forensic evidence collection and analysis, forensic fire investigation, forensic psychology, road traffic accident investigation and forensic photography.

Bosses say the course is ideal for students with a keen interest in the sciences.

It is mainly laboratory-based and focuses on applied biology, physics and chemistry as well as psychology and law.

Successful students could expect to progress to university to study subjects such as biomedical sciences, forensic science, psychology or law.