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This programme is designed for anyone interested in the psychology of crime and  learning more about the use of psychology in crime, its detection and prevention.



The aims of this course are to;

Recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviours

Understand how psychology can help us to understand why some people turn to crime

Appreciate how criminal psychology can be useful to criminal investigations

Understand how criminal psychology can be useful in prosecutions

Recognise how criminal psychology can help to convict criminals


Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.



Each element is followed by a written assignment, which is submitted and then marked by your tutor.  There is no external examination required.


Price and Payment Methods

Please refer to current price list


Course Accreditation


At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Kendal Publishing Limited 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. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.



Pack/Course Contents

Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:



Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course

Self-assessment activities


Tutor support

Assignment marking & feedback



Course Duration

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 120 hours of study to complete.









Unit 1 Introduction


Defining criminal psychology

Scope of criminal psychology

Roles of the criminal psychologist


Unit 2 Researching Criminal Behaviours


The scientific method of psychological research

Ethical considerations of psychological research

Designing a research study/experiment:


 - Focus of the research

 - The hypothesis

 - Data collection methods

 - Analysing the data

 - Reaching conclusions

 - Reporting the results

 - The usefulness of psychological research


Unit 3 How Criminal Psychology can be used to Understand Crime


Factors that influence the incidence of criminal activity

The major perspectives that try to explain causes of criminal behaviour:

 - Biological/physiological theories

 - Cognitions theories

 - Behavioural theories

Developmental theories


Unit 4 How Criminal Psychology can be used in Criminal Investigations


Investigating a crime

Witness reliability

Factors that affect memory acquisition

Factors that affect memory retention

Factors that affect memory retrieval

Interviewing witnesses

Interviewing suspects

Detecting lies

Detecting false confessions

Offender profiling

Geographic profiling



Unit 5 How Criminal Psychology can be used in Prosecutions


An overview of courtroom procedures

How witnesses can affect a jury’s decision

How child witnesses can affect a jury’s decision

How expert witnesses can affect a jury’s decision

How the judicial system can affect a jury’s decision

How the juror reaches a decision

Group decision making

Group behaviour


Unit 6 How Criminal Psychology can be used with Convicted Criminals


A Brief history of punishments

The range of punishments


Problems inmates encounter in prison

Support available in prisons

Alternatives to imprisonment

Rehabilitating prisoners

Offender behaviour programmes


Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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