The Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) & The Criminal Justice Systems – 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 an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

Special Offer: Students will receive both the Paper-Based and Online versions of this course, giving you flexibility in how you study. Students can use the online portal to submit assignments and to log tutor support questions.

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: FASD – A Predisposition to Criminal Behaviour

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.

  • Unit 2: Assisting an Individual with FASD Through the Legal Process

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.

  • Unit 3: Management of FASD Within the Criminal Justice System

The following topics are covered: FASD – Criminal Justice System; Creating an External Brain; and FASD and Sexual Deviancy.


Students require a prior knowledge of FASD together with the primary and secondary disabilities caused by FASD. We would recommend completing the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) Course if you have not got this knowledge.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period and our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course.


The Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards is gained by successfully completing a series 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.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained.

The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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