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Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology concerns the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, including criminal investigation and profiling. Forensic psychologists work with prisoners, offenders, and victims of crime, as well as other professionals in the judicial and penal systems.

If you are interested in criminal behaviour and want to help offenders make positive changes, then this course is ideal for you.

About Our Forensic Psychology Course

This forensic psychology training course provides an overview of the use of psychological principles to understand the behaviour of criminals and the value of psychology in the detection of crime. The course covers different research methods and how they can help us research criminal behaviour, current theory in relation to the committing of offences, typical personal traits of offenders and how profiling can assist detection of crime, witness testimony and the behaviour of witnesses in the courtroom, and the use of forensic psychology in prevention of re-offending.

What Could I Do After Taking This Forensic Psychology Course?

Build your career. If you wish to build your career in forensic psychology, you could continue your training and education in psychology, psychotherapy, and other related subjects that are essential to this field.

Obtain a degree. To work as a forensic psychologist, you’ll need a HCPC approved psychology degree. This course is not approved by the HCPC.

Work as a psychological assistant. If you’ve already earned 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, and have an understanding of IT and statistics, you could apply for a position as a psychological assistant, then use this experience as a step toward becoming a fully qualified psychologist.

Forensic psychologists earn an average of £40,000+*/year.

*Source: Payscale.com, March 2013.

Certificate 2 is issued by Quality Licence Scheme: Level 3 Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Unit 1 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

History of development of Forensic Psychology

 

Unit 2 Research Methods in Forensic Psychology

Research Design and Methodology

Critical evaluation of psychological research

 

Unit 3 Theories of offending

Introduction to theories of offending

Theories of sexual offending

Theories of violent offending

Theories of fire-setting behaviour

 

Unit 4 Personal Attributes of Offenders

Personal characteristics of offenders

Personality disordered offenders

Psychopathic offenders

Mental Illness and offending

 

Unit 5 Forensic Psychology in Police Investigations – Offender Profiling

An Introduction to Offender Profiling

Approaches to Offender Profiling

The Effectiveness of Offender Profiling

 

Unit 6 Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom

Eye-witness testimony

Expert Witness testimony

Attitudes towards victims

 

Unit 7 Forensic Psychology in Practice

‘What works’ literature in reducing re-offending

Interventions to reduce risk of re-offending

Incident management (Crisis Negotiation)

 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).

Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology concerns the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, including criminal investigation and profiling. Forensic psychologists work with prisoners, offenders, and victims of crime, as well as other professionals in the judicial and penal systems.

If you are interested in criminal behaviour and want to help offenders make positive changes, then this course is ideal for you.

About Our Forensic Psychology Course

This forensic psychology training course provides an overview of the use of psychological principles to understand the behaviour of criminals and the value of psychology in the detection of crime. The course covers different research methods and how they can help us research criminal behaviour, current theory in relation to the committing of offences, typical personal traits of offenders and how profiling can assist detection of crime, witness testimony and the behaviour of witnesses in the courtroom, and the use of forensic psychology in prevention of re-offending.

What Could I Do After Taking This Forensic Psychology Course?

Build your career. If you wish to build your career in forensic psychology, you could continue your training and education in psychology, psychotherapy, and other related subjects that are essential to this field.

Obtain a degree. To work as a forensic psychologist, you’ll need a HCPC approved psychology degree. This course is not approved by the HCPC.

Work as a psychological assistant. If you’ve already earned 5 GCSEs, including maths and English, and have an understanding of IT and statistics, you could apply for a position as a psychological assistant, then use this experience as a step toward becoming a fully qualified psychologist.

Forensic psychologists earn an average of £40,000+*/year.

*Source: Payscale.com, March 2013.

Certificate 2 is issued by Quality Licence Scheme: Level 3 Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Stonebridge

On successful completion of your course your qualification is awarded. You will receive an attractively presented Diploma or Certificate issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, this will also allow you to use the letters SAC. Dip. or SAC. Cert. after your name.

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is one of the leading (and biggest) distance education colleges in the U.K and internationally. We have many thousands of students studying with us at any one time from locations all over the world. Our diplomas will always count towards your future, and will improve your prospects of future employment or higher level study etc. by proving that you have studied to a certain level, that you have proficiency in your chosen subjects and that you are interested in your field of choice. Education is always an investment in your future and you will find this to be the case with our qualifications in your jurisdiction.

Unit 1 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

History of development of Forensic Psychology

 

Unit 2 Research Methods in Forensic Psychology

Research Design and Methodology

Critical evaluation of psychological research

 

Unit 3 Theories of offending

Introduction to theories of offending

Theories of sexual offending

Theories of violent offending

Theories of fire-setting behaviour

 

Unit 4 Personal Attributes of Offenders

Personal characteristics of offenders

Personality disordered offenders

Psychopathic offenders

Mental Illness and offending

 

Unit 5 Forensic Psychology in Police Investigations – Offender Profiling

An Introduction to Offender Profiling

Approaches to Offender Profiling

The Effectiveness of Offender Profiling

 

Unit 6 Forensic Psychology in the Courtroom

Eye-witness testimony

Expert Witness testimony

Attitudes towards victims

 

Unit 7 Forensic Psychology in Practice

‘What works’ literature in reducing re-offending

Interventions to reduce risk of re-offending

Incident management (Crisis Negotiation)

 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
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