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Criminal Psychology at QLS Level 3

Criminal Psychology at QLS Level 3
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This course is available in Paper format.

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


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Criminal Psychology at QLS Level 3

Course code: CFP04

Delivery method: Paper Based

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3

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 convicted criminals


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 jurys decision
  • How child witnesses can affect a jurys decision
  • How expert witnesses can affect a jurys decision
  • How the judicial system can affect a jurys 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
  • Imprisonment
  • Problems inmates encounter in prison
  • Support available in prisons
  • Alternatives to imprisonment
  • Rehabilitating prisoners
  • Offender behaviour programmes

Qualification Information

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its 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. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

Method of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.





Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.