Forensic Psychology


Course Details

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.

Who should complete this course?
  • Anyone who works in the Criminal Justice sector and wishes to gain an insight into the psychological processes related to criminal behaviour.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • No previous experience or qualifications are necessary to commence the course.
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Topics covered in this Course

Unit 1 : Introduction to Forensic Psychology

  • History of development of Forensic Psychology

Unit 2: Research Methods in Forensic Psychology

  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Critical evaluation of psychological research

Unit 3: Theories of offending

  • Introduction to theories of offending
  • Theories of sexual offending
  • Theories of violent offending
  • Theories of fire-setting behaviour

Unit 4: Personal Attributes of Offenders

  • Personal characteristics of offenders
  • Personality disordered offenders
  • Psychopathic offenders
  • Mental Illness and offending

Unit 5: Forensic Psychology in Police Investigations – Offender Profiling

  • An Introduction to Offender Profiling
  • Approaches to Offender Profiling
  • The Effectiveness of Offender Profiling

Unit 6: Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom

  • Eye-witness testimony
  • Expert Witness testimony
  • Attitudes towards victims

Unit 7: Forensic Psychology in Practice

  • ‘What works’ literature in reducing re-offending
  • Interventions to reduce risk of re-offending
  • Incident management (Crisis Negotiation)
  • 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 receive a certificate of achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.  The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
  • An ABC Awards Level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, but is not an award on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Please note that there is a Eur60 fee payable for administration, moderation and certification
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Student Reviews of this Course

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by Student July 2017 on Jul 4 2017 12:49

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and might take it further.

by Student June 2017 on Jun 6 2017 15:25

I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

by Student May 2017 on May 22 2017 11:05

It is is good and straightforward.

by Student November 2016 on Dec 20 2016 16:51

I liked the layout of the course and found the topics covered very interesting. I also liked the amount of time that was given to complete the course.

by Student August 2016 on Aug 17 2016 10:18

It was an excellent introduction to Forensic Psychology and provides plenty of avenues for researching the material further. The course is very well constructed, described and is also very accessible. The staff and the tutor could not have done more to help me through my studies. Very, very accommodating. Thank you!

by Student March 2015 on Mar 23 2015 09:56

I think the courses are excellent, providing all the necessary information in the notes. The responses from my tutor are always helpful and the response times are very fast. I would highly recommend CMIT to anyone.
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