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    CSI stands for crime scene investigators, which are different from forensic scientists. Forensic scientists do mainly lab based work such as analysing blood and fingerprints and so on; usually they specialise. CSI's mainly investigate the crime scene and collect evidence, but as it's been mentioned the reality of the job is completely different to the glammed up TV versions. However, if you get to the top of the career ladder your job has a lot more scope i.e. you can have a lot more choice in whether you work in the lab or out in the field or both.

    I would suggest Honey Lamb that you also specialised in an area of forensics, such as fingerprinting, pollen, teeth, bones, 'dead people' and so on, Each area has scientific names such as pathology, odontology, botany, entomology etc. By specialising you will become more expert at what you do and therefore be in more demand, which is beneficial, for example I read there were only six highly regarded forensic botanists in the world! But you wouldn't have to worry about that until uni.

    Most of all though I think you need to do some proper research on the subject because when you talked about all the MI5 stuff, I felt you were being taken in by all the televised coverage of the subject, and I can't stress enough how much you would need to know about the gory reality of it.

    Good luck anyway x x x

    (Original post by Honey_Lamb)
    Hi everyone!

    I've just finished year 12 and I'm doing English Literature, Biology, Psychology and Media Studies. Does anyone know about what you need to have to get into forensic science? Or what kinda stuff you study when you're doing the course and after you've qualified? I'm really haven't got a clue about it because I only got interested in the subject recently. :confused:

    It is best to have done chemistry to do forensic science at uni, other wise you have to spend most of your first term doing foundation chemistry which is not all that great, it is tedious. i plan to do a degree in Forensic science and then train to be a SOCO. Have you thought of all the complications of a forensic science degree? there are very few jobs available once you have finished UNI, it is not really applyable to many other jobs that a straight Science degree would be. can i ask you what has inspired you to do forensics? ive wanted to do forensics ever since the age of 5.
    http://www.crime-scene-vr.com/index.html# may i recommend this link, it is fantastic! click at the bottom on "Virtual Tour" !!
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    I see.... so CSI is more hands on work than actually being a forensic scientist? I rather go and collect evidence at the crime scene rather than sitting in a lab all day but the CSI is more common in the US, so I have to go and study aboard? What about doing undercover and stuff? I didn't take Chemistry for AS, so is it gonna be hard for me to get into the subject? :confused:

    If you want a career as a CSI, or SOCO as they are in the UK (or depending on the police force in subject) you should see if any local police forces have any vacancies, as you dont actually need a degree for this job. They will provide you with training, probably at the training centre in Durham, I think its something like a 6 or 8 week course, then a probation period.

    I dont know what you mean by 'under cover', I think you may be thinking of something else, as far as Im aware, under cover work is the role of a specialist police unit although I think you'd need to look this up. Im doing a degree in forensic science and I didnt do chemistry a level, but I did do biology. It will probably just mean that you have to put a bit extra work in to get you up to speed on the subject, obviously if you choose to do a chemistry degree then you will probably need the a-level, perhaps try looking at entry requirements for different universities.
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    Wow, thanks for all the info guys! Sezzie69, I just recently started liking forensic science because I like the whole idea of being at a crime scene, trying to find evidence to trace back to the culprit etc. The last few months, I've been really really confused about what to do in University. I am interested in so many different subjects, I feel like I'm missing out if I choose 2 or 3.... I don't want to do something that is just all theory and constantly learning from a book, but more hands-on work that's also academic. To tell you the truth, I didn't know absolutely nothing about forensics until the london bombing that happened near where I live and how the 'forensic team' were to collect evidence and i suddenly got interested... I really need help to chose what subjects I want to take for Uni, because I don't know what to take. Something academic combined with something thats more exciting and fun... thanks for all the help! :smile:


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