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Murder And Intrigue At Calderdale College

18th April 2008

Murder and intrigue were on the curriculum for students from Calderdale College when a crime scene was brought to life by a crime training team of former detectives and fire investigation officers.

Murder and intrigue were on the curriculum for students from Calderdale College when a crime scene was brought to life by a crime training team of former detectives and fire investigation officers.

A 'body' in a bed, was revealed to students studying for the BTEC in Forensic Science and Public Services students using a video link. During the course of the day learners were drip fed with more information to enable them to solve the crime.

"The case, based on a real life murder, was a valuable and interesting assignment for our students, many of whom are planning to continue into the police force, fire service or specialise in forensics", said Julie Jackson, Applied Sciences lecturer at Calderdale College. "We had about 50 students working in teams and they had to absorb and process a lot of information and look for clues. The exercise was funded by Aim Higher which is a government initiative encouraging students to progress."

"Seven of the students who took part are studying on the first year of our new BTEC Applied Sciences (Forensic Science) course which is a two-year course, leading to a qualification which is the equivalent of three A-levels", she added. "Their progression includes higher education or jobs in pharmacy or forensics."

Forensic Science student Ehsan Gul, 18, said "I've really enjoyed today. It's been practical and interactive and has brought forensics to life for me. I'm hoping to eventually join the police and work in narcotics."

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