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Criminal Psychology Level 3

Course Code: OSC1046
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Gain an insight into criminal psychology, from home!

  • Evaluate the current causes and explanations for criminal behaviour;
  • Study the psychological and social theories relevant to our understanding of criminality;
  • Study a course that is relevant to careers in law, the police force, social work and research;
  • Apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life case studies.

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

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!

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • 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

Other Information

  • Assessment

    This course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor to be marked. 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, plus tutor support by email.

    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.

course questions & answers

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?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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