Forensic Psychology Level 3

Our course code: X346

Course fee £375 or from £28 per month

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Forensic psychology is a branch of psychology deeply interested in law, legality and the justice system. Does the idea of studying criminal behaviour, assisting victims of crime and legal matters motivate you? If so, our Forensic Psychology Level 3 may change your life. An ideal learning point into the field, you’ll discover the essential features of risk assessment, treatment and research.

Over the past decade, the scope, breadth and importance of psychology has developed considerably. In fact, forensic psychology is an incredibly popular profession. It’s also one of the fastest-growing disciplines within psychology. Whether you’re looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, our course provides insight into the work undertaken with offenders, victims, and criminal and civil justice staff and managers. You’ll also develop a founding knowledge of psychological principles to understand aspects of the legal system, from criminal investigation to profiling, as well as assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour. If you’re looking for a platform into forensic science, we’ve the materials and tutors make it happen.

On this online Forensic Psychology course you will:

  • Discover the history and development of forensic psychology
  • Learn to recognise how different research methods can help us research criminal behaviour
  • Understand current theory in relation to the committing of offences
  • Describe typical personality traits of offenders and how profiling can assist detection of crime
  • Review the use of forensic psychology in prevention of re-offending
  • Gain knowledge of risk assessment relating to the effective functioning of the criminal justice system

Learn aspects of forensic psychology, including profiling, criminal behaviour and theory relating to committing offences.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 120 hours which is under 40 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: A Brief Introduction to the History and Development of Forensic Psychology

Upon completing this unit, you’ll be able to describe the origins and development of forensic psychology. You’ll learn about the professional bodies that Forensic Psychologists must be registered with to practise in the UK. You’ll also discover organisations that hire forensic psychologists, and identify relevant client groups. In addition, you’ll read about structuralism vs functionalism and what forensic psychologists do.

2: Psycho-biological Theories of Crime

This unit explores the three domains of psychology: biological, psychological and social. You’ll look at closely at Psycho-biological theories such as societal or macro-level theories, community or locality theories, group and socialisation influence theories, and theories surrounding individuals. To aid your progress, you’ll consider the nature/nurture debate and a range of studies and hypothesis, such as twin, family and adoption studies. You’ll also look at the historical beginnings of psycho-biological research, body shape in relation to crime, as well as Hans Eysenck’s theory of Personality.

3: Psycho-social Theories of Crime

You’ll learn how theories of offending and criminality can be broadly categorised into psycho-biological and psycho-social theories. You’ll understand that contemporary psychology generally accepts that the trajectory to offending behaviour is characterised by a combination of psycho-biological predispositions accompanied by psycho-social risk factors. You’ll also uncover a number of psycho-social risk factors that could lead to offending behaviour. In relation to this, you’ll read around Baumrind ‘Four types of parenting’, parent-child interactions, and characteristics of the family.

4: The Psychology of Serious Offending

In this unit, you’ll understand that the perceived seriousness of a crime depends on a several factors. You learn how some crimes are serious sorely because of the cost in terms of human life, but for financial reasons too. You’ll also be able to explain the three categorises of serious offending: arson, violent, and sexual offending. In relation to this, you’ll read around delinquent offenders, the development of violent behaviour and whether every violent act can be categorised as a criminal act.

5: Offender Profiling

Throughout this unit, you’ll discover the basics of profiling, what is meant by an ‘offender profile’ and how this differs in real-life to the popular representation often delivered by the media or in periodicals or crime dramas. You’ll also learn that through university-based academic work that there are active offender profilers in the United Kingdom who are submerged in crime-centred research and statistics. Finally, you’ll be able to describe two key approaches to offender profiling.

6: Assessment and Treatment

Upon completing this final unit, you’ll gain knowledge of risk assessment relating to the effective functioning of the criminal justice system. You’ll learn how trained criminal justice practitioners identify risk-levels and likelihood of an offender re-offending, looking at areas of behaviour, history and experience. You’ll gain insight into existing risk assessments developed and researched using samples allowing for complex statistical investigation of the validity and reliability of such measures.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!