Psychology of Criminal Profiling Diploma Level 3

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This course seeks to understand the inner working of the criminal mind. Profiling is most usually done by a forensic psychologist. The profile will then be used by police departments with the hope of assisting to apprehend the criminal.

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About this Course

This Psychology of Criminal profiling course offers an insight into the minds of some of the world’s most notorious criminals.

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

Course Introduction

Your Psychology of Criminal Profiling course is an in-depth look at the minds of deadly criminals via the form of case studies.

5 Procedural steps in generating a profile:

  1. A thorough analysis of the type/nature of the criminal act is made and it is then compared to the types of people who have committed similar crimes in the past
  2. An in depth analysis of the actual crime scene is made
  3. The victim’s background and activities are analysed, to look for possible motives and connections
  4. The possible factors for the motivation of the crime are analysed
  5. The description of the possible offender is developed, founded on the detected characteristics, which can be compared to with previous cases

In modern criminology, criminal profiling is generally considered the “third wave” of investigative science:

  • The first wave was the study of clues, pioneered by Scotland Yard in the 19th century
  • The second wave was the study of crime itself (frequency studies and the like)
  • This third wave is the study of the psyche of the criminal


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.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Module 1: An introduction to Profiling Criminals

Module 2: Cayetano Santos Godino

Module 3: The Monster of Dusseldorf

Module 4: The Mad Bomber of New York

Module 5: The Acid Bath Murderer

Module 6: Who was the Boston Strangler?

Module 7: The Yorkshire Ripper

Module 8: John Wayne Gacy

Module 9: The Muswell Hill Murderer

Module 10: Doctor Death

Module 11: The Dunblane Massacre

Module 12: Conclusion


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.

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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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