Sam Charman

Sam Charman

Sam Charman

The teaching staff here are amazing; without their help and support and their areas of expertise I don’t think the course would run as smoothly as it does.

Course studied
Criminology & Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons)
The teaching staff here are amazing; without their help and support and their areas of expertise I don’t think the course would run as smoothly as it does.

Hello, my name is Sam Charman, I’m 20 years old, I am studying in my final year of a Criminology and Forensic Investigation degree and this is my story.

I came here at 18-years-old and it’s the best decision of my life. Obviously the biggest benefit is that I save some money because I live at home still and I don’t think I could have coped without the support of my family. I have people around that can help proof-read my work and doing a degree takes up a lot of mental and physical time. Without that support system I don’t think I could have carried on doing it.

The Criminology and Forensic Investigation degree is the one that I wanted to do all along, but I didn’t find any other degrees out there that suited all my needs and covered both these subjects. This is the reason I decided to study at South Essex College.

The teaching staff here are amazing; without their help and support and their areas of expertise I don’t think the course would run as smoothly as it does.

We have Kate; she’s a counter-terrorism expert and from that we can really get into the world of how countering terrorism can be done in education.

In February I was appointed as a consultant for Kenyon International. They are a company who deal with mass disasters around the world, they work with airplane crashes and doing search and recovery for bodies and personal effects. Recently with them I have been deployed as a search and recovery specialist looking for personal effects in a quite current mass disaster.

It’s been a great experience and I am going back to do some more work with them in the coming weeks.

Without this degree I don’t think that I would be able to process the work that I am doing now. It is not just the academic practice of knowing what I have to do but also it has prepared me mentally because my tutors have worked in similar fields and they have given me advice on how to process what I’m working with which has really helped.

It was actually an aspect of this degree that helped me get the job. Last summer we travelled to Florida. We visited death row at Florida State Penitentiary where we spoke to the warden, people who worked there and the inmates. It was that international experience that helped secure me the job.

For an 18-year-old looking to study here I would say, do it. If you are interested in criminology and forensic investigation, this the degree for you.

There is no way that you are not going to find something interesting over the three years.

My plans for after this course have changed throughout, every lesson there is something that entertains my fancies. Currently I am looking at going on to study a Masters, I am not sure what in yet but forensic psychology regarding how the criminal mind works sparks my interest but there are so many options to do with forensic investigation and graduate schemes with the police that this degree has opened doors for me in.