JOBS: Students Get to Grips with Forensic Science; Unique Course Being Pioneered in Coventry by Henley College

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Byline: LAWRENCE VOS Public Relations and Press Officer, Learning and Skills Council Coventry and Warwickshire

CLUES point to a bright future for forensics graduates after Henley College's first completers in Forensic Science and Law received their awards at a special ceremony held at Coventry Cathedral.

The seven students including Surekha Atwal, 20 from Stoke and Charlene Scott, 22 from Bell Green, were presented with their HND awards by MP Bob Ainsworth at a special graduation ceremony.

The study of forensic science is being pioneered in Coventry by Henley College and the students are the first to complete the two-year programme.

Programme manager Tony Harrison said: "The two-year course is extremely challenging but all the students have worked very diligently and they are all now moving onto degree programmes in related subjects.

"We even have students joining the second year of degree programmes in Criminology and Forensic Psychology.

"Forensic science students apply traditional science theory and practice to crime situations, for example applying biology to violent crimes against a person, chemistry to crimes against property such as fire or arson attacks, and toxicology to crimes involving drugs, alcohol and poisons. …