Forensic Psychology Level 3

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

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Overview

The role of a forensic psychologist is fascinating, and if you’ve always been interested in criminal behaviour and you’d love to play a part in making the world a better, safer place, then read on!

Analysing the crime. Getting to the bottom of the motive. Giving evidence before the court, all eyes on you. Forensic psychology is one of the fastest-growing disciplines within the field, making it an incredibly popular career choice. Experts in the subject will work within the criminal justice system, attempting to discover why people commit crimes, as well as reduce offending rates. In many cases, the contribution of a forensic psychologist is the last piece of the puzzle when it comes to solving cold cases.

In this captivating level three course, you’ll look at the history and development of forensic psychology, going back as far as the Early Modern period. You’ll examine psychobiological theories of crime, investigating whether the genetics of environment plays a greater role, as well as the fascinating studies that have been undertaken to answer this question.

Delve deep inside the psychology of serious offenders, looking at different categories and types of crime, as well as the impact they can have upon the victim

You’ll take a look at offender profiling, as well as how risk assessments are conducted in an attempt to reduce recidivism. Ready to open a window into a world few dare to tread? Then let’s go!

What you'll learn

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

This unit examines 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, as well as 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 3 - Psycho-social Theories of Crime

Moving on, 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

Unit 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.

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Awarding Body

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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.

NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the specific needs of learners. These courses fit in where there are no other regulated qualifications are available. Meaning you can achieve recognition from a well-respected awarding body, even if there isn’t a pre-existing qualification in a certain subject area.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your course.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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.

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.

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Is being a psychologist stressful?

Psychologists can often work long or unsociable hours, alongside patients in difficult situations. For these reasons, at times some people may find psychology to be a stressful career. That said, it’s rarely a boring vocation, and it can frequently be incredibly rewarding.

Is a career in psychology for me?

If you have a deep interest in the workings of the human mind and behaviour, and you want a challenging career working closely with people, then psychology may be the career for you.

Is it too late to start a career in psychology?

It’s never too late to start a career in psychology, whether you’re considering changing direction after studies in an unrelated field, or you want a fresh start after years or decades following a different path. Studying psychology online is easy, flexible and convenient, which opens up this exciting field to everyone – regardless of age or previous experience.

Why study psychology with Oxbridge?

We offer courses for beginners through to more advanced levels, so there will be a course to suit everyone’s experience and ability. All of our courses are created by industry experts and taught online by experienced tutors.

The best part is that all our courses are flexible, which is perfect if you’re in full-time employment or have other commitments preventing you from attending a physical location to study.

Are you ready to join the hundreds of recently enrolled students of all ages and backgrounds, enhancing their careers through an online psychology course with Oxbridge? Enrol online or speak to a learning adviser for more information or advice.

How can I learn psychology on my own?

We get it; you want to become a psychologist but don’t want to upheave your entire life to retrain or study. You also may not be too thrilled at the idea of being forced to learn at the pace of a whole class. Instead, you want to qualify by yourself.

That’s where online psychology courses come in. Once you’ve enrolled, you simply log into your learning portal and study at a time and pace that suits you. And if you do need additional help and support, you can request an online one-to-one with your personal tutor.

How do I start a career in psychology?

You could begin with an introductory course that covers a selection of psychological practices. This could be at GCSE level or even a level 3 psychology course. 

From here, you could study a more specialised course such as educational psychology, an advanced diploma in psychology, or neuro-linguistic programming. And if you wish, you can use your new knowledge to apply for a university-level course.

Once you’ve got some qualifications under your belt, you can start applying for jobs in your chosen field of psychology.

What is a criminology course?

Criminology is the study of crime from a social perspective. It sets out to examine crimes and those who commit them, with a view to preventing them in the future and reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

It falls under a subgroup of sociology, so you can expect to study biology, psychology, penology and more as part of your education.

​​How long does a criminology course take?

That depends on which criminology course you select and whether you opt for a traditional school setting or an online one. Our online criminology courses can take, on average, between six and 12 months to complete.

Because you have access to your learning materials 24 hours a day, and there are no set lesson times, you’re in complete control. As a result, you can complete your course in less time or take longer should you need to.

Do criminologists get paid well?

The Government’s national career service states that the average salary for a criminologist can start at £23,500 and go up to £36,000 once you’ve gained experience.

Although, becoming a criminologist is not the only pathway you can take once qualified. You can also work in the police or probation sector, within the forensics department or become a civil service administrator.

Why study a criminology course online with Oxbridge?

If you’re interested in a career in the criminal justice sector, taking a criminology course with Oxbridge could set you on the right path. Whether it’s A-level Law, Forensic ScienceCrime Scene Investigation or an Advanced Criminology Diploma, we offer a range of online distance learning courses that are perfect for budding criminologists.

You’ll be studying with a trusted and experienced distance learning provider with outstanding support guaranteed when you enrol with us. Our award-winning learning platform and supportive, knowledgeable tutors have led to our students achieving remarkable pass rates.

You can enrol online or speak with our learning advisers for more help and advice.

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