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The award
CertHE

How long you will study
8 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 3080 per total

How you will study
distance, online

Course starts
January

International course fees
GBP 3080 per total

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About Criminal Psychology at University of Essex Online

This short CertHE Criminal Psychology course is the perfect introduction to the fascinating and challenging worlds of criminology and psychology. With an indicative study duration of just 8 months, this programme can be completed as a stand-alone qualification or used as a stepping stone towards our full BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology degree.

Throughout the programme, you’ll develop your own knowledge of the scientific and theoretical underpinnings of psychology, including its historical origins, progression and limitations. You’ll also develop an awareness of the variability and diversity of functioning and its significance in criminal psychology, specifically in relation to offender profiling. And finally, you’ll also recognise a range of influences on psychological functioning and how these are conceptualised across the two core discipline areas of social psychology and cognitive psychology.

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge that you’ll gain, you will also develop a wide range of transferable, career-related skills including the ability to evaluate evidence, identify patterns of behaviour and how to confidently communicate and discuss issues in a professional environment.

Please note: This course is not accredited with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course structure

The CertHE Criminal Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.

Level 4 modules:

  • Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Social Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Offender Profiling (15 credits)*
  • Introduction to Research Methods (30 credits)*
  • Crime & Society (15 credits)*
  • One optional module from the list below:
  • Dealing with Offending Behaviour (15 credits)
  • Personality and Intelligence (15 credits)

Upon completion of your CertHE Criminal Psychology we offer the opportunity for you to progress on to study for a BSc (Hons) degree (360 credits).

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Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fee: £6,160 (learn more)

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