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Forensic Psychology Level 3

This Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma looks at the assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, including profiling and criminal investigations. 

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Level 3 / NCFE Certificate / PI222

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Course introduction

Forensic psychologists work with a range of people including prisoners, offenders, and victims of crimes. They also work with a variety of agencies within the judicial, penal and reform system. 

If you want to help offenders and prisoners make positive changes, this customised qualification is an ideal starting point.

This Level 3 forensic psychology online course provides and broad overview of the use of psychological principles to understand the behaviour of offenders. It also offers an outline of the value of forensic psychology in the detection of crime. You can study this course in one of two ways – either online or as a paper-based course.

Forensic psychology courses online require you to commit to studying 15 well-written and engaging modules.

The course covers aspects such as;

  • An overview of research methods
  • The psychology behind violent crime and serial killers
  • Examining crime and addiction, substance misuse etc. in relation to criminal behaviour
  • As child abuse cases and the evidence of children
  • Criminal responsibility and issues around mental health

The final few modules of the course look at the police, their recruitment and training methods as well the psychological stress that officers face.

As with all highly valued forensic psychology distance learning courses, the assessment process is rigorous. Research-based learning activities contribute to 70% of the assessment process.

The final module requires the student to complete a research assignment. With the support of your tutor, however, these assignments will be completed and you will be yet another successful student of this engaging course.

What happens after completing a Forensic Psychology level 3 Diploma?

Many students use the certificate to upskill in their current role, whilst other students explore new careers within the police, probation service and so on.

After gaining your certificate, you may consider completing an online forensic psychology degree. Other NCC students remain with us, going on to complete specialist courses within the field of criminology and psychology.

Online courses are flexible, allowing you to manage your own learning, choosing when to complete the course and how to study. You take the course at your own pace. Home learning is a respected method of gaining more qualifications and skills.

Enrol on the Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma today – and start an exciting new journey. 

Required knowledge

There is no previous learning knowledge or experience needed to enrol on to this programme. This makes our Forensic Psychology course easily accessible to anyone who would like to learn more about this subject area.

Assessment

Completion of the research based learning activities accompanying each module contributes 70% of the assessment for the award of the Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma. The last module of the course requires the student to produce a research proposal based on activities carried out during the Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma. The student will be required to plan, conduct and report on a research project of their choice. The report will be approximately 5,000 words, that is 15 x A4 typed pages of 1.5 spacing. This research will account for the final 30% assessment for the Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma.

Awarding organisation

This customised qualification has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by NCC Resources Limited which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre. 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 3 (using Ofqual's Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

Course 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

Learner support

You will receive full personal tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma. You can be assured that support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies. You have the freedom to start the Forensic Psychology Level 3 Diploma at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration.

FAQs

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 enquiries@ncchomelearning.co.uk 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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Forensic Psychology Level 3

M Byrne
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“Good course, good tutor, but not really challenging for me.”

Personally I found this course rather easy and would have liked it to be more challenging. Also wish more theories were included. However I can see how this would be the perfect course for anybody with a busy schedule and who has no prior knowledge regarding forensic psychology; this course gives a good starting point to get into the field. The course gives the student a basis understanding of a variety of areas within forensic psychology.

I have to say the primary highlight of my course was the excellent feed back given by my tutor, Adam Ellis, who always provided me with such things as further points to look into at more depth to expand my learning.
As a whole though I have enjoyed my learning experience and will enroll in another course soon.

Amy Holder,

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“Would highly recommend NCC Home Learning”

Even though I worked full time I managed to complete the modules on time .. I found it challenging at times but my interest and motivation for learning kept me inspired and I pushed myself to fully focus and indeed I reaped the rewards with a one hundred per cent feed back on every module .. the instructions and content were very easy to understand and there was always a tutor on hand if needed .. I would highly recommend NCC Home Learning .. so much so that I'm enrolling in another course in September and I will enjoy the next just as much.

Karen Spencer,