Criminal Psychology Diploma Level 4

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This course will grant you a Level 4 qualification in Criminal Psychology. After completing the seven units included in the course, you will have gained an understanding of the skills and techniques that underpin careers in policing, social work and rehabilitative therapy. This could advance, or indeed begin, your career in the area.

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About This Course

Look into the minds of criminals with our fascinating Criminal Psychology Qualification Course. As a learner studying this course, you will have the chance to evaluate criminal behaviour and what caused the perpetrator to commit the crime.

You will be able to analyse the psychological and social theories relevant to our own understanding of criminality and consider a career in areas such as, the police, social work or similar.

By choosing this programme of study you can be assured that you will have the opportunity to study at you own pace and from the comfort of your own home.

There is no requirement to complete any lower level courses before being able to register for this course.

Course Benefits

Split into 7 units, every element of this course seeks to expand your understanding of Criminal Psychology, so you can achieve the theoretical knowledge you need to apply these skills within real and practical settings.

From understanding the criminal mind to profiling offenders and geographic profiling, theoretical & practical approaches, confidentiality, mental health and violence, crisis management and perception, memory and eyewitness testimony; by the end of this course you’ll feel confident in your ability to work with your patients to further understand their minds.

This course will:

  • Help you to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and competency that can be transferred directly into the workplace.
  • Allow you to study from home – all course materials will be sent straight to your door, enabling you to fit your studies around your obligations.
  • Challenge your perceptions of Criminal Psychology, giving you ample opportunities to demonstrate your competency and comprehension of the course materials.
  • Enable you to study on your own terms – no classrooms, no strict deadlines and no exams.

Course Units

Unit 1: Theories of Crime

  • Psychodynamic theories
  • Differential Association and Behaviourist theories
  • Social learning theory & Social factors
  • Effects of the media on learning
  • Control theories & Labelling theory
  • Personality and crime & Gender differences and crime
  • Biological theories of offending & Somatotype theories of offending
  • Genetic factors & Chromosomal studies

Unit 2: Substance Misuse and Violent Offences

  • Substance misuse and crime
  • An illegal act
  • Typology of drug abusers & Heroin – a historical context
  • Crime, violence and aggression
  • Frustration, violence and aggression
  • Explanation models

Unit 3: Sex Offences and Stalking

  • Rape, sexual assault, sexual violence and sex offending
  • Risk factors & Theoretical explanations
  • Evolutionary and feminist perspectives on rape
  • Measuring arson & Possible motives
  • Developmental stages of fire-setting & Evolutionary psychology of fire learning
  • Social & environmental theories
  • Typology of stalkers & Victims of stalkers

Unit 4: Serial Murder and Terrorism

  • Mass murderers
  • Serial murder & Explanations for serial murder
  • Serial killer case study
  • Defining terrorism and Different terror groups
  • Terrorism research & Psychological aspects of terrorism

Unit 5: Profiling Offenders and Geographic Profiling

  • The history of profiling
  • Profiling & the FBI
  • Organised/disorganised offender
  • The typological approach & Changes in the investigation of crime
  • Investigative psychology & The behavioural investigative advisor
  • The North American approach & The British approach
  • Differences in approach

Unit 6: Mental Health

  • Schizophrenia
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Amnesia
  • Psychopath

Unit 7: Interviewing, Deception and Eyewitness Testimony

  • Investigative interviewing- the suspect & Investigative Interviewing- the witness
  • Cognitive interview & Enhanced Cognitive Interview
  • Ekman’s theory of lie detection
  • Statement validity analysis (SVA)
  • Criticisms & Countermeasures
  • Polygraph & sex offenders
  • Perception, memory and eyewitness testimony
  • Personal perception and memory

Assessment

The Criminal Psychology programme of learning is assessed through a series of written assignments, which will need to be submitted to your personal tutor for marking and feedback to confirm that you have met the learning outcomes. There are no external examinations required.

Required Knowledge

There is no requirement to have any background knowledge of qualifications to complete/enrol on this course and your tutor will provide support from day one! If you do have any additional learning requirements, please let your tutor know as they will then be able to tailor their feedback and support around your requirements.

Awarding Body

To enable you to understand the concepts of the course, you will be provided with all of the learning materials at the outset, these will be posted to you

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive certification from TQUK and a Learner Unit Summary (which details of all the units you have completed). This will be a certificate in Criminal Psychology.

The course has been endorsed under the TQUK Quality Licence Scheme. This means that the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

TQUK are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

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This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No interest charged on monthly payments
  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully accredited by Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

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All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

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This is a fully endorsed course, following the Ofqual qualification framework and certificated by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.

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There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to pay between 3-12 months depending on what you choose.

Unlike other providers, we do not charge interest and there are no credit checks or application forms to complete!

Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

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No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment is not up to scratch you can re-try as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

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No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

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Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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Katerina

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in the world of criminal psychology. This course was so interesting and challenging. I spent a lot of my time watching documentaries but I felt I learnt a lot more by doing this and it helped me to achieve the highest grade I could possible in order to pass each unit. I pushed myself and I did it!

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I particularly enjoyed learning about the terroism unit because it is something that is occuring more each day and it’s always good to have background knowledge on the subject. I asked my tutor to provide me with more questions that I could answer in order to expand my knowledge further. I really enjoyed the course considering this was my first, I’ll be back for more.

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It is also brilliant because you can learn at your own pace, you don’t have to follow the pace of a class. I would definitely study more with Association of Learning because I find them prompt and thorough. Overall it was great to get my mind around a new subject and see actual results – just awaiting the certificate, I can’t wait to show my hard work off.

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Thanks to all the team at Association of Learning for all their help and guidance on my career route. This course has certainly changed my life – never would I ever think of doing something like this and I am so glad I did.

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I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in crime and how a criminals mind works; it is so interesting, and the units are packed full of information – the questions were clear, and my tutor was there to help me whenever I needed it. Very glad I chose this course, I have really enjoyed it.

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I had a great support and detailed feedback from my tutor who praised my strengths and highlighted any of my weaknesses(if any) during the learning process. However it did make me work harder and improve my understanding of the subject.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this course in my own time with the distant support of my course tutor. The flexibility has enabled me to complete this qualification without affecting my work and family life. I would definitely recommend this approach for anyone wishing to progress but finding it hard to attend a set college/university course. I’m already thinking about what I could tackle next.

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Lacie-Mae Burnett

It’s been a challenging 8 months however I managed to complete the course on time with a few months spare. I received my certificate in the post 2 weeks after finishing the course. I’m very proud to say I did it.

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Have just completed this course, fitting it around full time job and family life was difficult, yet achievable. Great support and honest feedback has helped me achieve this qualification, which was very relevant and very enjoyable. I’d suggest this course to anyone interested in the area, you won’t regret it.

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Eleanor Brooke

This is my third course with this company and I am very thankful for all of the help that I have received and I am sad to say goodbye to this company and its tutors as I am ready to start my new job as a psychologist. All the courses I have completed have helped me get to where I am today and I am so happy I chose this company over any other.

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Emmy

First time doing an online course and I am extremely happy with how it has turned out. It only took me 5 months to complete it thanks to my amazing tutor who sent work back the next day! Her feedback was very helpful, and it helped me make sure that I was reaching my fullest potential in each unit.

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Georgia Justice

Such an interesting course and I thoroughly enjoyed each unit in it’s own aspect. Happy to be moving onto a new course soon to head to where I want to be in life and I’m already half way there thanks to the team.

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Jamie

Great to delve into the mind of a killer (sounds warped) but I found it very interesting. Great course would highly recommend – tutor is awesome.

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Best 10 months I have ever had – completing a course in the comfort of my own home with my own deadlines and no exams (I am terrible with exams, even though I know my stuff I just do badly in them)!! What more do you want! Very excited to receive my certificate.

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I have enjoyed every minute of this course so far and I am extremely excited to finish it! Half way through and I feel like I have achieved so much already.

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Leisl

Wow, amazing course. Very indepth but enjoyed it. Can tell it is level 4, not because it is difficult but because it gives so much information. I feel like an expert already and I am only two modules in, keep logging into the system to read more 🙂

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