The Forensic Psychology Diploma – Level 3 Course focuses on the use of psychology to the criminal justice system and is designed to give the student an understanding of the psychological processes related to criminal behaviour. There are fifteen units in the course which will explore different aspects of forensic psychology.
Forensic and criminal psychologists will often work with criminal investigations and profiling although this is only one part of a role that can also cover the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, working with offenders and working with other professionals involved in the judicial and penal systems.
This highly engaging course starts with an Introduction to research methodologies followed by an introduction to statistics for research. The course then examines the psychology of violent crime, and gives the student an opportunity to conduct their own investigation into the connections between a specific mental disorder of their choice and violent crime, before making a brief examination of serial murder and the different causes detailed as contributory factors in the development of a serial killer.
The course will then test the student to use their knowledge along with further research, to explore three serial killers, and to produce an essay of approximately 500 words, which will examine the character of their chosen subject in association to the popular urban myths identified by the FBI, and explain why these myths can hinder an investigation. The course also inspects criminal activity focusing on the links between substance misuse and abuse within the community.
On successful completion of this course, students will receive an accredited Level 3 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: Introducing Research Methods
- Unit 2: Introduction to Basic Statistics
- Unit 3: Psychology and Violent Crime
- Unit 4: Serial Killers
- Unit 5: Crime and Substance Abuse
- Unit 6: Child Abuse
- Unit 7: The Evidence of Children
- Unit 8: Criminal Responsibility and Psychiatric Defences
- Unit 9: Mental Disorder as a Defence
- Unit 10: Eyewitness Testimony
- Unit 11: Psychology in a Correctional Setting
- Unit 12: Psychology and Police Selection, Recruitment and Training
- Unit 13: Police Stress
- Unit 14: The Decision to Assist
- Unit 15: The Research Proposal and the Research Project Report
There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.
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.
Completion of the research based learning activities accompanying each module contributes 70% of the assessment for the award of the Forensic Psychology Diploma. The last module of the course requires the student to produce a research proposal based on activities carried out during the Forensic Psychology Diploma. The student will be required to plan, conduct and report on a research project of their choice. The report will be approximately 5,000 words, that is 15 x A4 typed pages of 1.5 spacing. This research will account for the final 30% assessment for the Forensic Psychology Diploma.
Course 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 Forensic Psychology Certificate of Achievement by 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 3 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.