FASD & The Criminal Justice System - QLS Level 3 Course

Course Format:Online Course + Hard Copy Materials
Self-Study Time:Approximately 140 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email & Recorded Delivery)
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Course Description

The Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) & The Criminal Justice Systems - QLS Level 3 Course is designed to increase awareness of the predisposition to criminal behaviour of someone with FASD.

This course can be beneficial to professionals working in this area or with family members who hold an interest in this subject, and can and help the student to develop increased understanding of the issues and the possible responses and interventions.

This course assumes previous knowledge of FASD together with the primary and secondary disabilities that can be caused by FASD. The course is focused around FASD but students should also consider ARND and ARBD as being associated problems.

With these 3 conditions there will be a range of physical and mental effects including behavioural and learning difficulties which can have lifelong implications to the individual.

This course also covers the secondary behaviours associated with FASD which may cause the individual to be more likely to break the law more frequently than someone unaffected by FASD.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. A hard-copy book version of the course notes are also supplied.

Please Note: Hard-copy versions of this course are still being dispatched but there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.

The Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) & The Criminal Justice Systems - QLS Level 3 Course Includes the Following Units:
The following topics are covered: Behaviours associated with FASD; FASD - A Predisposition to Criminal Behaviour; Secondary Disabilities in the Absence of Intervention; Supported Services; Offender Pattern; Mistakes made in the Criminal Justice System; and Pre-trial Issues and FASD.
The following topics are covered: Legal Responsibility and Competency; Investigation and Pre-trial; The Trial; The Testimony of a Person with FASD; Assisting the FASD Individual in Court; FASD and the Individual in Custody; Court Recommendations; Competency Evaluation; Management of FASD within the Court System; and Sentencing.
The following topics are covered: FASD - Criminal Justice System; Creating an External Brain; and FASD and Sexual Deviancy.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted through the online portal or by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.

We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

About ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

This course has been endorsed by ABC Awards and Certa Awards for its high-quality. The Quality Licence Scheme, endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme has been endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme for its high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This course and/or training programme is not regulated by Ofqual and is not an accredited qualification. Your training provider will be able to advise you on any further recognition, for example progression routes into further and/or higher education. For further information please visit the Learner FAQs on the Quality Licence Scheme website.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

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