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Forensic Psychology at QLS Level 3

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

This Forensic Psychology home study course is designed for anyone interested in understanding the use of psychological principles to understand the behaviour of criminals and the value of psychology in the detection of crime.


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Forensic Psychology at QLS Level 3

Course code: CFP03

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 behaviour
  • understand current theory in relation to the committing of offences
  • describe typical personal traits of offenders and how profiling can assist detection of crime
  • examine witness testimony and the behaviour of witnesses in the courtroom
  • review the use of forensic psychology in prevention of re-offending


Unit 1

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

History of the development of Forensic Psychology

Unit 2

  • Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Critical evaluation of psychological research

Unit 3

  • Theories of offending
  • Introduction to theories of offending
  • Theories of sexual offending
  • Theories of violent offending
  • Theories of fire-setting behaviour

Unit 4

  • Personal Attributes of offenders
  • Personal characteristics of offenders
  • Personality disordered offenders
  • Psychopathic offenders
  • Mental Illness and offending

Unit 5

  • Forensic Psychology in Police
  • Investigations – Offender Profiling
  • An Introduction to Offender Profiling
  • Approaches to Offender Profiling
  • The effectiveness of Offender Profiling

Unit 6

  • Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom
  • Eye witness testimony
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Attitudes towards victims

Unit 7

  • Forensic Psychology in practice
  • ‘What works’ literature in reducing re-offending
  • Interventions to reduce risk of re-offending
  • Incident management (Crisis Negotiation)

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.