Criminal Psychology

Criminal Psychology Course


Criminal Psychology  studies offenders and offending behavior in order to improve the investigation of crime by adding a psychological component, such as in Offender Profiling. It also concerns the study of offender rehabilitation to establish what works in reducing re-offending.The course will provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about the application of psychological theory to issues of relevance to criminal psychology


Product Description

Criminal Psychology Course:

Criminal Psychology Course developed by Vita online Learning and Education

Criminology and psychology both examine crime, criminal behaviour and criminality.

You’ll develop an understanding of human behaviour through an exploration of key areas within psychology, including including biological, cognitive, developmental and social

This enlightening study of human behaviour is the perfect introduction to criminal psychology. The reasons criminals behave in certain ways, the way they think about and justify those behaviours, and understanding those factors are revealed in simple terms for the student to get to grips with easily.

The course is designed to be studied from home by distance learning, at your own pace and in your own time. You will be introduced to the different forms of emotional expression, and the nature of sensation and perception. If you have an interest in memory, and the way your brain works, you will be completely absorbed by the course content.

You will discover just how far our psychology and our emotional make-up influence our everyday lives. From the way we deal with stress and anxiety, to the impact our relationship with our parents has. From our early sexual development and our approach to prejudice and discrimination, to society’s influence on us and the way we conform (or otherwise). It’s all here, in sufficient detail to give you a real grounding in Psychology.

The best news is that this fascinating course requires no previous experience, and has no entry requirements. You just need a passion for the subject

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those that are either complete beginners to the field of Criminal  psychology and are considering making a career change to become a Criminal psychologist, with the aim of  getting an insight and understanding of Criminal  psychology, or existing Criminal  psychologists, teachers, coaches or trainers looking to reinforce their knowledge or to pick up some new skills. This course is also ideal if you are interested in a career in the Criminal  Psychology, though are unsure if you want to commit yourself financially and time wise to a full Criminal Psychologist qualification

The course has been designed for someone without any prior knowledge of the subject and will allow the student to study the course at their own pace in their own home, emailed directly to your inbox. This course does not entitle you to work as a Criminal  Psychologist, though will give you a solid knowledge base and an invaluable insight of child psychology without investing and committing a sizeable investment and time enrolling onto a college or university programme, the course gives you a great opportunity to test the water, and if you do enjoy it, you have a solid foundation. As after completing this course you may wish to continue your training with a college or university  to build a platform for your career.

Course Syllabus:

Forensic Criminology

Social Forensic Psychology

• Defining criminal psychology

• Scope of criminal psychology

• Roles of the criminal psychologist

• The scientific method of psychological research

• Ethical considerations of psychological research

Social learning theory

Media and crime

Psychodynamic theory

– Focus of the research

– The hypothesis

– Data collection methods

– Analysing the data

– Reaching conclusions

– Reporting the results

– The usefulness of psychological research

• 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

• 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

• 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

• The range of punishments

• Imprisonment

• Problems inmates encounter in prison

• Support available in prisons

• Alternatives to imprisonment

• Rehabilitating prisoners

how psychology can further our understanding of offending behaviour

Psychology and Criminal Behaviour

Exploring Human Development

This course does not entitle you to work as a Criminal  Psychologist

Distance learning course cost: £199

class room workshop  course cost: £599

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependent upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material..

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 200 hrs

Whats Included in the Online Course:

Full e-course materials including an e-manual, exercise/goal setting sheets, weekly planners.

Full support is offered throughout the course which also includes email  support.

We also offer all students doing the home study training the opportunity to come along to our inspirational  monthly best practice groups in Manchester at no extra cost.

The monthly support groups are free for all students and give you the opportunity to see live demonstrations, techniques and skills across a broad range of subjects and inspirational guest speakers. For those that can’t attend the events we also offer a dedicated ustream channel .The practice groups are optional and cover a variety of different subjects are not essential for completing the course.

The online courses are assessed by a written assessment at the end of the course which consists of a question paper and written answers.

There is no time limit for completing the course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. Help and support is always available from the training centre team through out your training. This course will take you up to 200 hours to complete working from home.


On completion of the course you will receive an inhouse Criminal  Psychology Certificate from Vita online Learning and Education for completing the course:

This course does not entitle you to work as a Criminal Psychologist and is an house  program


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