Criminal Psychology Diploma

£397.00 £289.00

This Criminal Psychology Diploma explores the history of crime and punishment.


“Amazing course. Really interesting, and very well set out, easy to understand, and fun to do!” Kim R


This Criminal Psychology Diploma explores the history of crime and punishment. It deals briefly with theories of offending before looking at the psychological component of crimes of violence in more detail. This will provide students with a useful introduction to other subjects in the field such as criminal profiling and forensic psychology. Other specific areas that are dealt with during the course include crimes of terrorism, youth crime,  domestic violence and drug abuse. The course then focuses on aspects of crime prevention and community safety plus taking a close look at our criminal justice system and how it is managed and operated.

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
• Imprisonment
• Problems inmates encounter in prison
• Support available in prisons
• Alternatives to imprisonment
• Rehabilitating prisoners
• Offender behaviour programmes

What Are Your Study Options?

The Distance Education Academy aims to provide flexible, convenient arrangements for our students, so you can study through two methods:
1. Traditional paper-based; using a manual

Study Hours
The Distance Education Academy can only approximate the time it takes to complete online courses as it will largely depend on your speed of learning and assimilation plus how often and how much time you can dedicate to study. You also need to complete a question paper after each lesson and these normally will take 1 – 2 hours.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the online course is:120 hours.

This Criminal Psychology course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE level 3