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A-level team delivers exciting crime scene to courtroom project for schools

School pupils took part in a two-week project at Coleg Sir Gâr where they learnt about science, criminology, law, sociology, forensic photography and much more in the college’s Crime Scene to Courtroom initiative.

This project brings drama right from the start with a staged arrest of a student reflected by sessions in types of crime and the psychology behind why people commit crime.

Pupils also had sessions in crime photography where they were taught how forensic photography is carried out then kitted out in forensic suits, tasked to take photos of a crime scene and areas where evidence was left.

They also learned about forensic science and took part in a practical task to extract DNA from a berry as well as analysing fingerprints.

The project was delivered at the college’s Graig campus by a number of staff from the A-level team which gave pupils a broader understanding of not only the various A-level subjects available at the college but how they apply to real life situations.

From Crime Scene to Courtroom culminated with a staged courtroom scenario led by law lecturer Jeremey Edwards who led pupils through a courtroom situation where they acted and dressed up as the prosecution, the defendant, jury, witnesses, court clerk, prison officers and judge.

Angharad Mansfield, lecturer in history and sociology and head of section for AS students at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “This project, which is aimed at MAT students, is a really exciting way of teaching school pupils about the diverse subjects involved in the crime scene to courtroom process.

“We hope that they enjoyed their sessions and tasters of various subject areas around A-levels which culminated in a lively courtroom where the jury had to deliver their verdict.”

Bryngwyn, Coedcae, Glan y Mor and St John Lloyd comprehensive schools took part as the college’s partner schools.

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