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Forensic Psychology

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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?
  • Criminal Justice Sector Professionals: Individuals working in the criminal justice sector can gain insights into psychological processes related to criminal behavior, aiding in better understanding and management of offenders.
  • Law Enforcement Officers: The course is beneficial for law enforcement personnel, offering knowledge in offender profiling, investigative psychology, and theories of offending, crucial for crime scene analysis and investigation.
  • Legal Professionals: Those working in the legal profession can use the course to understand witness behavior, offender personality traits, and the application of forensic psychology in courtroom settings.
  • Offender Care and Rehabilitation Workers: Professionals involved in offender care, rehabilitation, and management can apply course learnings to assist in the prevention of re-offending, understanding the psychology behind criminal actions.
  • Psychological Researchers: The course offers valuable insights for researchers in psychology, particularly those focusing on crime, including research design, critical evaluation of psychological research, and theories of various types of offending.
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
  • This course is assessed through a series of tutor-marked assignments.
  • There is no exam for this course.
  • 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.
  • Click here for Accreditation Details

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