Forensic Psychology

Course Details

This Forensic Psychology Course is designed for anyone interested in understanding the use of psychological principles, tools and techniques, 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 personality 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 the 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 Forensic Psychology Course?
  • Anyone who works in the Criminal Justice sector and wishes to gain an insight into the psychological processes related to criminal behaviour.
  • Those working in law enforcement.
  • Those working in the legal profession.
  • Those working in offender care, rehabilitation and management.
Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
  • No previous experience or qualifications are necessary to commence the course.
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Topics covered in this Forensic Psychology Course

Unit 1: Introduction to forensic psychology

  • History and development of forensic psychology
  • Research design and methodology
  • Critical evaluation of psychological research

Unit 2: Theories of offending 

  • Introduction to theories of offending
  • Theories of aggression and violent offending
  • Theories of child sexual offending
  • Theories of sexual aggression
  • Theories of fire-setting (arson) behaviour

Unit 3: Personal attributes of offenders

  • Personality disordered offenders
  • Psychopathic offenders

Unit 4: Forensic psychology in police investigations

  • An introduction to offender profiling
  • Approaches to offender profiling
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • FBI Crime scene analysis
  • Investigative psychology
  • The effectiveness of offender profiling

Unit 5: Forensic psychology in the courtroom

  • Eye-witness testimony
  • Expert witness testimony

Unit 6: Forensic psychology in practice

  • Forensic psychology in practice
  • ‘What works’ literature in reducing re-offending
  • Other roles of a forensic psychologist
Assessment
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor-marked assignments.
  • There is no exam for this course.
Accreditation
  • This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards. The Quality Licence Scheme endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes.  This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. CMIT can advise you on any further recognition, for example, progression routes into further and/or higher education.
  • A QLS award at level 3 is roughly equivalent to a Level 5 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.
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