The Criminal Psychology – Level 4 Diploma Course will examine the topic of the history of crime and punishment.

The course will briefly examine different theories of offending before examining the psychology of violent crime in some detail. The examination of the psychology of violent crime provides a useful introduction to forensic psychology and offender profiling.

The course will also examine the psychology of terrorist crimes, domestic violence, drug abuse and youth crime and victimology, before taking a look at crime prevention and community safety and the criminal justice system and those involved in its management.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 4 Certificate of Achievement.

The Criminal Psychology Diploma Course covers the following Units:-

  • Unit 1 – Introduction

  • Unit 2 - Crime and Order Maintenance in Celtic & Roman Britain

  • Unit 3 - Chaos, Confusion and the Beginnings of English Law

  • Unit 4 - Governance by Consent

  • Unit 5 - An Age of Crime

  • Unit 6 - The New Police

  • Unit 7 - Crime Prevention and Community Reassurance

  • Unit 8 - Philosophy and the Criminal Justice System

  • Unit 9 - Biological Theories

  • Unit 10 - Psychological Theories of Crime

  • Unit 11 - Crime and Society

  • Unit 12 - Violence, Psychopathy and Anti-Social Personality Disorder and Objectives

  • Unit 13 - Crime and Psychology

  • Unit 14 - Geographical Profiling

  • Unit 15 - Victimology

  • Unit 16 - Terrorism - Developing Typologies

  • Unit 17 - Different Terrorist Groups

  • Unit 18 - Towards a Common Factor in Terrorism

  • Unit 19 - Theories of Domestic Violence

  • Unit 20 - Youth and Crime

  • Unit 21 - Drug Abuse

  • Unit 22 – Policing

  • Unit 23 - The Law Courts

  • Unit 24 - After Sentence

At the end of each unit 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 a choice of 2 x 500 word essays after completing each section. It is only the essays that need be submitted for assessment.

Each section of the home study courses also suggest further reading. You will find a significant amount of reading is available online. Most public libraries have a good selection of social science texts. If your local library does not have what you are looking for you could try Amazon.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the home study courses are self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions, and a 500 word essay. Your work can be sent back by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Criminal Psychology Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.  This means that the course developers (NCC) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.

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