Forensic Psychology Level 3

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forensic psychology course

Forensic psychologists apply psychology in the criminal and civil justice field. This course in Forensic Psychology explains the relevance of applying psychology to the law and justice system.

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About this Course

Study Time:120 hours
Enrolment length:12 months
Course Format:Paper or Online
Entry Requirements:None Specific

Course Introduction

Forensic psychologists often work for:

  • academic institutions
  • prison services
  • the NHS
  • probation services
  • police services
  • social services

Work as a forensic psychologist is varied within and across, forensic settings. Forensic Psychology includes occupational and clinical elements. For example, one of the roles of a forensic psychologist, in both health and prison services, might include providing a consultancy service to managers. They then work with offenders, victims, criminal and civil justice staff and managers.

One of the major development areas in recent years has been ‘risk assessment’ procedures with offenders and, in particular, interventions with sex offenders with a focus on reducing the risk of re-offending. Forensic psychologists are becoming increasingly involved in child protection work with social services.

The work of a forensic psychologist may include:

  • piloting and implementing new treatment programmes
  • modifying offender behaviour
  • responding to the changing needs of staff and prisoners
  • reducing stress for staff and prisoners
  • providing hard research evidence to support practice
  • undertaking statistical analysis for prisoner profiling
  • giving expert evidence in court
  • advising parole boards and mental health tribunals
  • crime analysis

This Forensic Psychology course scrutinises the psychology behind crimes of a violent nature and the mental disorders often thought to be associated with them. You will then be asked to use your learning gained from the Forensic Psychology course and your own additional research to produce a report on 3 serial killers and the urban myths surrounding them; explaining how such kinds of myths can either encumber or aid a case.

This offers you the opportunity to research the links between a mental disorder of your choice and different violent crimes. There will also be a brief analysis of the issues often attributed to the development of a serial killer’s behaviour such as drug abuse or physical abuse.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Module 1: Introducing Research Methods

Module 2: Introducing Basic Statistics

Module 3: Psychology and Violent Crime

Module 4: Serial Killers

Module 5: Crime and Substance Abuse

Module 6: Child Abuse

Module 7: The Evidence of Children

Module 8: Criminal Responsibility and Psychiatric Defences

Module 9: Mental Disorder as a Defence

Module 10: Eyewitness Testimony

Module 11: Psychology in a Correctional Setting

Module 12: Psychology and Police Selection, Recruitment and Training

Module 13: Police Stress

Module 14: The Decision to Assist

Module 15: The Research Proposal and the Research Project Report


To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.


This course comes to you as a paper course pack which you can work through in your own time. By reading through the lessons on the course and with the help of a personal tutor you will be able to learn all of the necessary knowledge required to tackle the tutor marked assignments that are used to assess the course. Alternatively, you can study for this course online to save some money on your course and study through the internet with the materials available 24/7 on any computer or smart device.


A tutor will be able for support via post or e-mail, with our student support team also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Assignments must be submitted to your tutor through email and these are then marked as soon as possible.

Quality Licence Scheme

Quality Licence Scheme Certification

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning 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 the level shown 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 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’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them 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


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