A Level students have benefitted from a challenging and insightful programme of presentations at a Crime Conference held on the College campus.

On Tuesday 17th December Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form hosted a very exciting conference for A Level Social Science students. Social Science includes subjects such as Psychology, Sociology, Law and Politics, all of which have a fantastic reputation at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form. Each year students from these courses go on to enjoy outstanding success and move on to some of the UK’s top universities including The University of Oxford and The University of Cambridge.

The aim of the Crime Conference was to offer students an opportunity to gain further information about the range of Social Sciences and the sorts of degree programmes which they could study at university, as well as providing an opportunity to promote employability skills. The College students welcomed a number of guest speakers throughout the day including an ex-prisoner from the organisation “Life behind bars” talking about life in prison, a lecturer in Forensic Psychology, an expert in legislation surrounding children involved in sexual exploitation, a QC discussing the legal system and an expert on legislation involving child sexual exploitation.

Feedback from the students was extremely positive with many of them commenting that it made them think more deeply and differently about issues relating to crime. A Level student Dayna Monk said, “The talk by the ex-prisoner was really eye-opening. I had always thought that if you murdered someone you should be in prison for life, but he made me think differently. I guess it made me realise that life is more complex than I’d thought!”