1Course Overview

Forensic Psychology Level 3

Course code: OSC1047

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Delve deep into the fascinating world of Forensic Psychology with this interactive and engaging course.

  • Study psychological principles and theories used to understand criminal behaviour
  • Discover how criminal profiling can assist in the detection of crime
  • Pursue your career in a subject that is vitally important for the criminal justice system
  • Gain an excellent foundation for further studies in psychology and forensic science

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today and join the 60,000 students who have improved their career prospects.

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2Course Content
Unit 1: The Forensic Psychologist
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Law and Forensic Psychology
  • Insanity Plea
  • Automatism
Unit 2: Biological, Psychological and Criminological Explanations
  • Biological (genetic, biochemical)
  • Personality Theories
  • Psychological explanations
  • Social learning theory
  • Media and crime
  • Attachment theory
  • Criminological theories
Unit 3: Abnormal Behaviour and Psychopathy
  • Psychopathology
  • Deviation from social norms (DSN)
  • Failure to function adequately (FFA)
  • Cognitive approach to abnormal psychology
  • Behavioural psychology
  • Psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • Dissociative identity disorder
Unit 4: Risk Factors and Assessment Tools
  • Risk factors
  • Children who kill
  • Actuarial
  • Structure clinical judgement
  • Unstructured clinical judgement
  • DSM Criteria for ASPD
  • Psychopathy checklist
  • Assessing risk: predicting recidivism and harm on parole
Unit 5: Profiling and Behavioural Science
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning
  • Approaches to profiling
  • Type of crime scene
  • Personality attributes
  • Geographical profiling
  • Victim attack method
Unit 6: Theories and Typologies of Rape
  • Models and typologies of rape
  • Theories of rape (anger, sadism)
  • Sexual abuse and paedophilia
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Assessment

This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 120 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

The course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive all course materials by postal delivery or online, plus tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

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.

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

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

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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This course is fantastic! A huge help to my needs and career!

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