The Criminal Psychology Diploma – Level 4 Course will examine the history of crime and punishment and the psychology of the criminal, including criminal behaviour and the law, punishment and rehabilitation.
The subjects detailed in the course range from the different theories of why people commit crimes to a detailed examination of the types of crime committed (e.g. murder, arson, sex offences). The course also looks at profiling techniques and other investigative tools (interviewing, lie detection). The course also covers other related topics within legal psychology which has connections with both Forensic Psychology and Criminal Psychology.
On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 4 Certificate of Achievement issued by NCFE.
You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied.
Please Note: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are only being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.
- Unit 1: Theories of Crime (I) – Psychological
- Unit 2: Theories of Crime (II) – Biological
- Unit 3: Theories of Crime (III) – Sociological
- Unit 4: Theories of Crime (IV) – Developmental
- Unit 5: Substance Misuse (Drugs, Alcohol & Crime)
- Unit 6: Violence & Violent Offences
- Unit 7: Sex Offences
- Unit 8: Arson
- Unit 9: Stalking
- Unit 10: Serial Murder
- Unit 11: Terrorism
- Unit 12: Mental Health & Crime
- Unit 13: Offender Profiling
- Unit 14: Geographical Profiling
- Unit 15: Police Interviewing – The Suspect & The Witness
- Unit 16: Detecting Deception
- Unit 17: Different Terrorist Groups
As this is a Level 4 course, we will expect applicants to have evidence of successful study or relevant experience at Level 3 or equivalent. A good level of literacy is also a requirement if the extended assignment work is to be completed successfully.
Please Note: Due to the subject matter, this course is not recommended for students who are under 16 years old.
You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted through the online portal or by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.
As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.
Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.
We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.
On successful completion of this course students will receive a Criminal Psychology Certificate of Achievement from NCFE and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
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 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.
NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland. NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC 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.