1Course Overview

Criminology Level 3 and Criminal Psychology Level 3

Course code: OSC1065

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Pursue your studies in Criminology and Criminal Psychology, from home!

Criminology is relevant to a wide range of professions, within the police force, psychology, the criminal justice system, government, security management and social work, to name only a few.

This combined course offers you the chance to study the theories of Criminology, paired with studies in Criminal Psychology. By gaining knowledge of both fields, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the broad principles and theories of crime
  • Gain knowledge of how crime is defined, understood and dealt with by society
  • Discover the workings of the criminal justice system and learn more about how crime is policed
  • Understand the psychological factors that can influence someone to commit a crime

The dual focus of this course and the breadth of topics covered makes it an ideal starter course for anyone wanting to pursue further studies in criminology, forensics, psychology, criminal psychology and law.

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2Course Content

Criminology Level 3:

Unit 1: Definitions and Measurement
  • The complex and diverse nature of defining crime
  • How crime is measured
  • Police Recording of crime and the Crime Survey of England and Wales
Unit 2: Criminological Explanations of Crime
  • Key criminological theories
  • Assess dominant views of crime
  • Theories with statistical data
Unit 3: Marxist vs Realist Views on Crime
  • Traditional and Neo Marxist views on crime
  • Right Realist Views
  • Fully Social Theory with statistical data
Unit 4: Discourses of Violent Crime
  • What constitutes violent crime
  • Different constructions of violent crime
  • Key theories of violent criminality
  • Critique dominant discourses
Unit 5: Role of the Police
  • The main functions of the police service
  • How policing has changed over the last 100 years
  • The role of policing
  • Assess the future direction of the police service
Unit 6: Crime and Punishment
  • Different theories of punishment;
  • The merits of different views on punishment;
  • The dominant use of prison as a form of punishment in the UK
  • Using statistical evidence that capital punishment acts as a deterrent

Criminal Psychology Level 3:

Unit 1: Biological and Evolutionary Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
  • Historical explanations
  • Genetic explanations
  • Biochemical explanations
  • Neurological explanations
  • Personality theories
Unit 2: Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
  • Social learning theory
  • Media and crime
  • Psychodynamic theory
Unit 3: Criminological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour
  • Vulnerabilities towards crime
  • Sub-cultural theories
  • Strain theory
  • Status Frustration
  • Differential Association
  • Environmental Theory
  • Social Bond Theory
  • Risk Factors
  • Relative Deprivation
Unit 4: Abnormal Behaviour and Psychopathy
  • Diagnosing abnormal behaviour
  • Cognitive approaches
  • Beck's Negative Triad
  • Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Behavioural Theory
  • Cognitive Theory
  • Life Events
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
Unit 5: Research and the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Leading question
  • Anxiety and weapon effect
  • Cognitive interview
  • Detecting deception
  • Juries and sentencing
Unit 6: Children who Kill
  • Mary Bell
  • Thompson and Venables
  • Kip Kinkel
3Other Information

Assessment

The Criminology and Criminal Psychology course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

Once enrolled, you will have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course), which will allow you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines. You will also receive 12 months tutor support for each course, so you can feel confident that you’ll get the help you need. This bundle will take you approximately 200 hours. Studying around your work and family commitments has never been easier.

Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. You will receive all course materials by post or online, plus full tutor support by mail or email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive two Certificates of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards 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 ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College 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 by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

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

4Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have two years to complete this bundle (one year per course). This bundle is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work we will mark it and return it to you. On successful completion of the course you will achieve Criminology and Criminal Psychology Level 3.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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