Updated: 11 February, 2013
This programme is designed for anyone interested in understanding the use of psychological principles to understand the behaviour of criminals and the value of psychology in the detection of crime. The course will enable learners to (1) to recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviour, (2) Understand current theory in relation to the committing of offences, (3) Describe typical personal traits of offenders and how profiling can assist detection of crime, (4) Examine witness testimony and the behaviour of witnesses in the courtroom, and (5) Review the use of forensic psychology in prevention of re-offending.
Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. You will receive the course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that support is available for your course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.
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Topics Covered in this Course
Unit 1 : Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Unit 2: Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
- History of development of Forensic Psychology
Unit 3: Theories of offending
- Research Design and Methodology
- Critical evaluation of psychological research
Unit 4: Personal Attributes of Offenders
- Introduction to theories of offending
- Theories of sexual offending
- Theories of violent offending
- Theories of fire-setting behaviour
Unit 5: Forensic Psychology in Police Investigations - Offender Profiling
- Personal characteristics of offenders
- Personality disordered offenders
- Psychopathic offenders
- Mental Illness and offending
Unit 6: Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom
- An Introduction to Offender Profiling
- Approaches to Offender Profiling
- The Effectiveness of Offender Profiling
Unit 7: Forensic Psychology in Practice
- Eye-witness testimony
- Expert Witness testimony
- Attitudes towards victims
- 'What works' literature in reducing re-offending
- Interventions to reduce risk of re-offending
- Incident management (Crisis Negotiation)
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
- Anyone who works in the Criminal Justice sector and wishes to gain an insight into the psychological processes related to criminal behaviour.
- Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.
- At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a Diploma from NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to our courses. We have designed our training courses specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.
- A NCFE Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
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- Please note that there is a EUR60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.