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ABC Awards Certificate in Criminal Psychology



Course Details

This programme is designed for anyone interested in the psychology of crime and  learning more about the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention. The course will enables learners to: (1) Recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviours, (2) Understand how psychology can help us to understand why some people turn to crime, (3) Appreciate how criminal psychology can be useful to criminal investigations, (4) understand how criminal psychology can be useful in prosecutions, and (5) Recognise how criminal psychology can be help convicted criminals.

Your Tutor will support you throughout the duration of the course. You complete the course by undertaking activities and assignments. 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.

By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.


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Topics covered in this Course

Unit 1 : Introduction

  • Defining criminal psychology
  • Scope of criminal psychology
  • Roles of the criminal psychologist

Unit 2: Researching Criminal Behaviours

  • The scientific method of psychological research
  • Ethical considerations of psychological research
  • Designing a research study/experiment

Unit 3: How Criminal Psychological can be used to Understand Crime

  • Factors that influence the incidence of criminal activity
  • The major perspectives that try to explain causes of criminal behaviour
  • Developmental theories

Unit 4: How Criminal Psychology can be used in Criminal Investigations

  • Investigating a crime
  • Witness reliability
  • Factors that affect memory acquisition
  • Factors that affect memory retention
  • Factors that affect memory retrieval
  • Interviewing witnesses
  • Interviewing suspects
  • Detecting lies
  • Detecting false confessions
  • Offender profiling
  • Geographic profiling

Unit 5: How Criminal Psychology can be used in Prosecutions

  • An overview of courtroom procedures
  • How witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
  • How child witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
  • How expert witnesses can affect a jury’s decision
  • How the judicial system can affect a jury’s decision
  • How the juror reaches a decision
  • Group decision making
  • Group behaviour

Unit 6: How Criminal Psychology can be used with Convicted Criminals

  • A Brief history of punishments
  • The range of punishments
  • Imprisonment
  • Problems inmates encounter in prison
  • Support available in prisons
  • Alternatives to imprisonment
  • Rehabilitating prisoners
  • Offender behaviour programmes
Who should complete this course?
  • Anyone interested in criminology and learning more about crime and its causes.
  • Members of the Gardai Siochana or support services.
  • People who work in the security and crime prevention industry.
  • Those involved in working with young people in supporting youth crime prevention.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • None.
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  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments. There is no exam with this course.
  • At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by ABC Awards. This course has been accredited under ABC Awards IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited which has been approved as an ABC Awards 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.
  • An ABC Awards Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Please note that there is a EUR60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details

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by Student May 2014 on May 9 2014 09:43

The course was interesting and easy to understand.

by on Feb 19 2014 16:37

Student February 2014 On-line learning is appropriate for my circumstances; CMIT is an Irish organization, I believe in supporting Irish products; I enjoyed my previous course with CMIT.

by on Feb 25 2013 11:57

Student Feb 2013 I am really enjoying it!

by on Jan 29 2013 15:48

Student Jan 2013 I chose CMIT because of great feedback from a friend who has completed a course with you.

by on Jan 22 2013 16:44

Student Jan 2013 I chose CMIT because of great feedback from a friend who has completed a course with you.
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