Psychology of Criminal Profiling Diploma Level 3

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This level 3 course in Psychology of Criminal Profiling offers an in-depth analysis into the inner working of the criminal mind, as we strive to understand why people commit the crimes that they do.

We study it’s practical applications in policing, social work and therapy, and use case studies of some of the world’s most notorious criminals.

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About This Course

Criminal profiling seeks to understand the workings of the criminal mind and its motivations. As our knowledge of the psychological workings of the human mind has increased, so has our ability to put our learning into practice when investigating crimes.

Where criminal investigations once relied heavily on the existence of physical clues left at the scene of the crime, the psychological clues now play a major part in solving crimes.

You will learn the main theories behind this investigative discipline, and how to apply them in real-life situations, using several case studies of well-known criminal cases. You will analyse criminal behaviour and discover what caused the perpetrator to commit these heinous crimes.

Whilst we may be familiar with this subject area from watching movies and films, the course explains how the approaches used are now staple techniques in police departments around the world, and students of this field of study use them daily in a number of job roles.

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 aims to expand your understanding of criminal profiling, 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.
  • Enable you to study on your own terms – no classrooms, no strict deadlines and no exams.

Course Units

Unit 1: An introduction to Profiling Criminals

Unit 2: Biological and Other Explanations of Criminal Behaviour

Unit 3: Psychological Reasoning of Criminal Behaviour

Unit 4: Personality Types

Unit 5: Criminal Profiling of Celebrities

Unit 6: Profiling Criminals, Rapists and Murderers

Assessment

The Psychology of Criminal Profiling 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 or 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

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive certification from National Institution of Qualifications (NIOQ) and a Learner Unit Summary (which details of all the units you have completed).

This course has been designed to meet the requirements of specific learners or employers. It is endorsed by National Institution of Qualifications, meaning the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that they are maintained and delivered to an excellent standard.

National Institution of Qualifications are a national certificating organisation. Endorsement of our courses ensures learners have access to high quality materials that cover all learning outcomes, helping them to achieve their potential.

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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:

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  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed Ofqual regulated awarding bodies
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!


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!


There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply 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.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.


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.


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).


This course is an endorsed certification, not a regulated qualification.

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