My dream is to be a scene of crime officer

Gaynor Parton, MSci Forensic Investigation

Gaynor Parton, 40, from Pontypridd is studying the MSci Forensic Investigation.

"I left school without any qualifications. Time passed, I started a family and worked in a variety of shops. I thought it was the only thing I was capable of.

When my children got older I decided to do something for me and attended a BTEC Level 2 course at my local college.

I never expected to do well but I completed the course with a distinction, and my tutors encouraged me to do an Access to Applied Science course and apply for university.

I've always been interested in forensics and the inner workings of how a crime is solved and a suspect is caught. When I saw that my local university, the University of South Wales, was launching a new forensic investigation course, it seemed like fate.

The course is great. The subjects are so varied and I'm always learning something new. It has given me more confidence and a better understanding of how things operate in the forensic world.

The highlights have been the practical sessions in the Crime Scene Training Facility. Having the experience of going into a mock crime scene and being part of a crime scene investigation has given me a taste of what it will be like in a real working environment.

I would definitely recommend my course as it teaches you all aspects of forensics and policing, as well as digital crime. I think it would appeal to anyone who is interested in crime, forensics or the police.

One of the best aspects of the course is that you develop a wide variety of skills and knowledge which gives you a number of job choices when you graduate.

My dream is to be a scene of crime officer and this course will give me the skills to achieve this."