CSI: Suffolk – college’s course in forensic and criminal investigation

Suffolk New College is launching a forensics course. Tyreece Hunt pictured. Picture: JOHN NICE

Suffolk New College is launching a forensics course. Tyreece Hunt pictured. Picture: JOHN NICE - Credit: John Nice

A new college course promises to give students a glimpse into the world of forensics.

Suffolk New College is launching a forensics course. Tyreece Hunt pictured. Picture: JOHN NICE

Suffolk New College is launching a forensics course. Tyreece Hunt pictured. Picture: JOHN NICE - Credit: John Nice

Interest is already developing in Suffolk New College’s Forensic and Criminal Investigation course – thanks to the ‘CSI effect’.

The level three extended diploma gives a flavour of careers popularised by TV shows like Criminal Minds, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dexter.

The college will be investing in equipment used in forensics for students to use from September.

Curriculum coordinator, Harry John Smy will oversee the course with almost a decade of experience in the field.

Suffolk New College is launching a forensics course. Tyreece Hunt pictured. Picture: JOHN NICE

Suffolk New College is launching a forensics course. Tyreece Hunt pictured. Picture: JOHN NICE - Credit: John Nice

Earlier this year, he appeared on BBC’s Murder, Mystery and My Family with a panel of experts examining the murder of Mary Jane Bennett on Great Yarmouth beach in 1900.

Mr Smy said: “The course will have all of the traditional scientific elements such as biology, chemistry and physics.

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“We will look at criminology, law, legislation, psychology, sociology and more.

“The programme will also include activities such as visiting local and national courts, guest speakers from those working in a range of forensic and investigation disciplines, and entering the WorldSkills UK national Forensic Science competition.

“Our aim is to ensure that this course provides students with theoretical knowledge and practical skills, along with an understanding of the types of careers that are out there.”

Mr Smy and the college have seen a promising response to the launch of the course in terms of applications and social media feedback.

“We call it the CSI effect,” he said.

“TV shows like this have made forensic science a hot topic.

“Ultimately, students signing up to the course may have read books or seen the TV shows and, if there is an interest, then that is a great starting point.

“The truth is, you can’t solve a crime in 45 minutes or get a DNA profile in 30 seconds – so we will teach the reality.

“I also think the course taps into the fact that humans are fascinated by the unknown and macabre.

“This course will give students a peek behind the curtain into the world of forensics, where they will learn all the skills they need to gain an apprenticeship, a career or go to university.”

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