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Criminal Profiling

Criminal Psychology Diploma

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The Criminal Psychology Diploma examines how psychology is used in the detection and prevention of crime.

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Level 4 / NCFE Certificate / PI205

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Course introduction

A criminal psychologist is interested in why someone commits a crime, and their reactions after the crime has been committed.

Our Level 4 Diploma in Criminal Psychology is a comprehensive course, with 360 hours of study split across 17 interesting and in-depth modules.

Criminal psychology online courses that we offer provide an overview of criminal behaviour and the psychology behind it. It covers various research methods including how these methods help psychologists understand why some people turn to crime.

Criminal psychology is helpful in many crime-detecting fields, both in the investigation of crime and prosecutions. Criminal psychology courses online also look at ways in which this field of study can help convicted criminals too. You can also choose to study this course in a paper format.

The customised qualification covers such areas as;

  • Psychological, biological, sociological and developmental theories of crime
  • The influence of addiction on committing crime
  • Specific types of crime including sexual offences, arson, stalking, serial murder and terrorism
  • Mental health and crime
  • Offender profiling

There are various other specialist and additional courses that can be completed alongside or after successful completion of broad-based criminal psychology courses online.

What can you do after completing your Criminal Psychology Diploma?

There are many avenues open to you after completing the course;

  • This Level 4 diploma is highly valued in many fields thus can open many avenues for career progression
  • Some students use it as a basis for a related degree programme
  • Many students go on to study additional courses related to the subject, such as Forensic Psychology and other related fields

There are rigorous assessments of work completed throughout the Criminal Psychology Diploma. An essay is completed after each section. Various activities also encourage you to organise information and your notes, teaching you the skills of organised and ordered thinking.

Benchmarked at Level 4 by NCFE, studying criminal psychology courses online allow you the flexibility to study and research key topics at a pace that suits you, at a time when you are comfortable learning.

Students find this an engaging and successful means of study. Why not join our growing community of online learners today?

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is required to study this Criminal Psychology course.


At the end of each section of this Criminal Psychology course there are a number of activities, 50% of which are designed to get you to organise the information you have acquired into a format that you feel comfortable with. You are also required to write 1 x 500 word essay after completing each section. It is only the essays that need be submitted for assessment for this Criminal Psychology course. For those of you who have been away from academia for some time, there are some tips on how you might want to structure your essays.

Awarding organisation

This customised qualification is endorsed and accredited by NCFE. At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Course units

  • Module 1: Theories of Crime (I) – Psychological
  • Module 2: Theories of Crime (II) – Biological
  • Module 3: Theories of Crime (III) – Sociological
  • Module 4: Theories of Crime (IV) – Developmental
  • Module 5: Substance Misuse (Drugs, Alcohol & Crime)
  • Module 6: Violence & Violent Offences
  • Module 7: Sex Offences
  • Module 8: Arson
  • Module 9: Stalking
  • Module 10: Serial Murder
  • Module 11: Terrorism
  • Module 12: Mental Health & Crime
  • Module 13: Offender Profiling
  • Module 14: Geographic Profiling
  • Module 15: Police Interviewing – The Suspect & The Witness
  • Module 16: Detecting Deception (Lie Detection, Polygraph etc.)
  • Module 17: Eyewitness Testimony

Learner support

You will receive the Criminal Psychology course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that unlimited support is available for your home study Criminal Psychology course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You need to be able to commit your time to the course. To help you understand the commitment needed, each of the course descriptions estimates the amount of time it will take you to complete the course. This is based on an average study period of approximately 10 hours per week.

It is best to choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy Now’ option against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone or by post, call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from six weeks to nine months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the size of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that postage and packaging is charged in addition to the course price.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exam at a registered test centre. You will need to organise the examination yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be included in your study pack.

The details of what sort of exam/assignment (if any) is required for a course will be stated on the course description page, so please check these for full details.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

Can reasonable adjustments be made to help reduce the effects of a disability or difficulty that may place me at a disadvantage?

A reasonable adjustment is any action that helps to reduce the effect of a disability or difficulty that places the candidate at a substantial disadvantage in the assessment situation. Reasonable adjustments must not affect the integrity of what needs to be assessed, but may involve:

Changing standard assessment arrangements, for example allowing candidates extra time to complete the assessment activity Adapting assessment materials, such as providing materials in Braille Providing access facilitators during assessment, such as a sign language interpreter or a reader Re-organising the assessment room, such as removing visual stimuli for an autistic candidate.

Reasonable adjustments are approved or set in place before the assessment activity takes place; they constitute an arrangement to give the candidate access to the assessment activity. The use of a reasonable adjustment will not be taken into consideration during the assessment of a candidate’s work.

Awarding organisations and centres are only required by law to do what is ‘reasonable’ in terms of giving access. What is reasonable will depend on the individual circumstances, cost implications and the practicality and effectiveness of the adjustment. Other factors, such as the need to maintain competence standards and health and safety, will also be taken into consideration.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Criminal Psychology Diploma

M Byrne

“Course enrolment”

I'm so excited to stay my criminology diploma course, I had been looking for the perfect one for months and finally settled on NCC as it was the clearest website and had the most to offer. The enrolment process was incredibly easy and straightforward. Before I knew it I had purchased the course and had all my login details to get started. It's going to be a good year thanks to NCC.

Candice Clarke,

M Byrne

“NCC so far have been excellent”

NCC so far have been excellent, their customer support is great and I'm looking forward to finishing my course

Lee ,

M Byrne

“Very easy to enrol and lots of payment…”

Very easy to enrol and lots of payment options. Variable deposit and variable monthly payments.

James Foster,

M Byrne


I'm currently studying a second course with NCC as was so pleased with the support I received from them. Always professional and quick to get back to you. Feedback from personal tutor is always constructive and positive, enabling you to move forward with your studies. Would highly recommend NCC.

Jane Moore,

M Byrne

“I've just enrolled on the Psychology…”

I've just enrolled on the Psychology Diploma course. I phoned this morning to get more details and was obviously very pleased with the information I was given. I chose NCC because I didn't need A Levels or a degree to start the course, I'm 57 and achieved 4 O Levels way back in 1979. The price was in the area I was looking to pay, the 12 months interest free payments was a bonus. It's all looking good so far, I'm looking forward to the challenge.

Barrie White-Miller,

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“I am currently studying a course in…”

I am currently studying a course in Psychology. I am really enjoying it and I struggled a bit at first and the tutor feedback really helped me. They are always there if you need any help and always wiling to give you advice wherever you need it. I would highly recommend taking a course with this college!

Gabrielle Tyler,

M Byrne

“Easy enrolment”

Easy enrolment, can't wait to get started

Nicky Neal,

M Byrne

“Great, and helpful service”

I have been considering an online course with NCC for some time, and have had various discussions with them. All my questions were answered very well and quickly. I enrolled today over the phone - again, very helpful and well-informed person on the phone, easy payment system and I am really looking forward to starting my Diploma.

Yvonne McQueen,

M Byrne

“Friendly and easy process”

I am excited to begin my course (Criminal Psychology). The enrolment process was really easy and one of my questions was answered promptly so I know that they are highly reliable. Being unemployed, it should keep me busy and already I'd recommend them. :)

Amber Wood,

M Byrne

“I have completed one diploma and had…”

I have completed one diploma and had excellent service, it was so good that I've now enrolled for another one. The process is very easy, the price is great and the service is excellent.

Karen Wright,

M Byrne

“I have just started my course”

I have just started my course - I am so excited to get started - the whole process so far has been smooth and easy with no glitches - I would highly recommend NCC. My course is amazing laid out with great modules and great value for money. Can't wait.

Ronni Hartgen,

M Byrne

“Amazing !!!!”

Really easy to get started and offer so many courses and support!!

Sophie Cox,

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“Excellent service from advisors and...”

Excellent service from advisors and tutors. Finance options very helpful too. Excellent range of subjects too so you will definitely find something to suit

Stuart Paton,

M Byrne

“Great experience!”

I recently completed the criminal psychology course and I found it really interesting and easy to follow. The material was fascinating to me and as someone who had an interest in psychology for years, this course was right up my street. My tutor was very helpful and the questions weren't too difficult, considering having a full time job alongside it.
Overall great experience.

C Hynes,

M Byrne

“Would definitely recommend NCC”

I am halfway through my Criminal Psychology diploma (level 4) course and I have been very happy with it so far and would definitely recommend NCC because the course covers a great range of topics that most people will find interesting.

The coursebook is thorough and has a good overview of all relevant theories. The topics of crime covered in the module are broad and varied, with my favourites being arson and developmental theories. Content is interesting and not too heavy and my tutor gives me good feedback for progression and answers any questions I have. They praise well and give useful criticism when needed. An action plan is set for you so you can try and stay on track.

Overall a great course and I might consider doing another with NCC if it is relevant to my career progression.


M Byrne

“Accreditation is not well respected”

The material is well structured and the assignments have serious learning outcomes, but the accreditation for the diploma is perhaps not well respected. It would be nice to see it linked to a reputed university. In my opinion the material is sound and the assessment system sufficiently robust to be able to be taken on by a mainstream university. Also a level 5 diploma would be more useful as it could be used for work permit purposes for those seeking work abroad. A level 4 diploma is not taken very seriously when seeking overseas work. I am not sure if it has credibility in the UK.

Richard Moore,

M Byrne

“Initial problem with tutor fixed”

I seemed to have a problem with my initial tutor and found that I wasn't getting my submitted work back within a reasonable amount of time but since Philip Boyce took over the tutor role everything has been fine. Customer Services helped resolve the issue and have been helpful ever since and thanks to Shaun for his email replies when work was submitted on-line.

Lee Maddock,

M Byrne

“Had some worries at first but had great support”

I found changing tutors mid year daunting, but my preconceived worries proved to be silly and continued with good support. Thank you Shaun for your continued support throughout and Phillip for your kind feedback.

Ceri Tarr,

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“I learned a lot!”

I really enjoyed my studies. I have learned a lot of new information. Immersing myself in studies meant there was time for me to just study and learn something new about an area that fascinates me. The course was run promptly and efficiently, any technical difficulties (mostly my fault!) were handled swiftly and efficiently. There are a wide range of courses available so anybody can find something that interests them. My situation means going to college to study is impossible for me, distance learning gives you the opportunity to keep learning whilst still maintaining your responsibilities. It has worked very well for me.

Tania Thompson,

M Byrne

“Great tutor - very insightful”

I am continuing with a course in Advanced Psychology. Overall I have enjoyed doing the course very much. For most of the course my tutor was Tom Hanlon, I found his feedback clear and insightful and encouraged me to consider different/additional perspectives. He was also very encouraging of my continuing to study.

Paul Miller,

M Byrne

“Interesting and enjoyable”

I would recommend this course to everyone, it is very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.

Audrie Begg,

M Byrne

“Very interesting and useful”

I have enjoyed studying this course. I have found the modules very interesting and the feedback useful. Any questions I have had have been answered quickly and efficiently and tutor contact has been very well organised.

Mandy Littlewood,

M Byrne

“Helped me decide to go to university”

The criminal psychology course was an excellent follow on from criminology and has helped me make the dcision to now go on and study a degree in crime and criminology with the University of Portsmouth. The criminal psychology course was very diverse and covered many angles relating to crime and psychological side of it. The learning materials were easy to use and in understandle terms. Contact with a tutor was also sufficient and responses were quick and helpful. All round I found the course enjoyable and interesting.

Ashley Flynn,

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