Forensic Win

A forensic science student is leading the way after being the first to reach the national final of a skills competition.

Scarlett Gauntlett, who studies Applied Science at Stoke on Trent College, has successfully reached the national final of the WorldSkills UK Forensic Science Competition after being amongst the first from the college to take part in the challenge.

Scarlett fought off competition from students across the North West and will now go on to compete for the national title at The Skills Show, held at the NEC, Birmingham, in November.

The 2015 Forensic Science Competition consists of three stages designed to assess the competitors understanding and knowledge of Forensic Science and its use within the United Kingdom criminal justice system.

Designed to really test all areas of the learners’ knowledge, competitors are asked to carry out actions and processes in accordance with the National Occupational Standards in Policing and Forensic Science and apply specific knowledge to the tasks set out for them.

During the competition, Scarlett took part in a 1 hour crime scene investigation, staged at the crime scene house at Staffordshire University. She had to investigate the scene, identify and collect all of the evidence in the appropriate format. During the investigation Scarlett had to carefully collect evidence from a person in the scene, all whilst following the correct policies and procedures. The test also include Scarlett successfully completing a comparative hair analysis and generating a presentation on glass and paint analysis following a mock motor vehicle accident.

Charlotte Bennett, Applied Science Lecturer at Stoke on Trent College, said: “It was the first time the college had entered learners into the WorldSkills UK Forensic Science contest, so to have a learner selected for the national competition is fantastic.

“All the department are thrilled and excited about the national competition later this year. The competition is aimed at students studying at Level 3 and above, so Scarlett has done extremely well to progress to the final as she is only a Level 2 student at present.

We will be helping support Scarlett as she prepares for the national competition which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about Applied Science courses at Stoke on Trent College should visit or call 01782 208208.

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