The Psychology of Criminal Profiling Diploma – Level 3 Course is designed as an introduction to the world of criminal profiling and gives in-depth case studies of some of the most notorious criminals in the world!

When searching to understand the workings of the criminal mind, investigators often turn to psychological profiling which can help to determine the motivation of the offender. Profilers have to combine their existing knowledge of Psychology with observation, background knowledge and any relevant geographical factors.

On successful completion of this course, students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate Award.

The Psychology of Criminal Profiling Course covers the following Units:-

  • Unit 1 - An introduction to Profiling Criminals

This unit gives an introduction to profiling, this is an essential part of the course and requires concentrated study if the learner is to gain maximum benefit from working through the case studies.

  • Unit 2 - Cayetano Santos Godino

Our first case study of the Psychology of Criminal Profiling Course takes us to Argentina and Buenos Aires of the early 1900s and a study of the infamous ‘Big Eared Pest', the child killer Santos Godino.

  • Unit 3 - The Monster of Dusseldorf

In our next case study we will go back to Germany in the 1930s and examine the case of Peter Kurten, ‘The Monster of Dusseldorf', and the groundbreaking work of Professor Carl Berg.

  • Unit 4 - The Mad Bomber of New York

Next, we move to the United States of the 1940s and the incredibly accurate profile of George Metesky, ‘The Mad Bomber of New York' by Manhattan psychiatrist Dr. James Brussel.

  • Unit 5 - The Acid Bath Murderer

Our Case study brings us to war time London and Sussex in England in the 1940s and the case of John George Haigh, ‘The Acid Bath Murderer'.

  • Unit 6 - Who was the Boston Strangler?

Our next Case study of the Psychology of Criminal Profiling Course takes us back to the United States where we once again meet Dr. James Brussel in the investigation of a series of murders committed in Boston of the 1960s by Albert de Salvo, ‘The Boston Strangler'.

  • Unit 7 - The Yorkshire Ripper

Our Case study takes us back to Yorkshire of the 1970s where Dr. Stuart Kind helped to bring an end to the reign of terror of Peter Sutcliffe, ‘The Yorkshire Ripper'.

  • Unit 8 - John Wayne Gacy

We return to the United States and Chicago of the 1970s where we encounter John Wayne Gacy and his alter-egos, Pogo and Patches the Clown and the gruesome murders of more than thirty young men and boys.

  • Unit 9 - The Muswell Hill Murderer

Next we return to Muswell Hill, London in the late 1970s and early 1980s, where we examine the serial murders committed by Dennis Nilsen, ‘The Muswell Hill Killer'.

  • Unit 10 - Doctor Death

The old mill town of Hyde, Cheshire some five miles from the centre of Manchester provides the 1990s setting for our case study, which examines the murderous medical practice of ‘Doctor Death', alias Doctor Frederick Harold Shipman.

  • Unit 11 - The Dunblane Massacre

Our final case study takes us to Stirling, Scotland in 1996 where we encounter disgraced scout master and jobless shopkeeper, Thomas Hamilton, who in a murderous frenzy slaughtered sixteen children and a teacher at Dunblane Primary School.

  • Unit 12 - Conclusion

At the end of each case study within the Psychology of Criminal Profiling Course the learner is required to use the information contained in the study material and any other information they have collected, either from further reading, research on the internet or other media, to complete a profiling sheet. The learner will then use this information to compile a detailed pen portrait of the offender(s) studied. In the conclusion to this Psychology of Criminal Profiling Course we examine some of the differences in definition of and approach to profiling, and consider more recent developments such as computer aided geographic profiling. At the end of this last Unit the learner is invited to carry out research in the media and on the internet to draw up a profile of Raoul Moat.

Prerequisites:

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience required to take this course. This course is not recommended for students under the age of 16 due to the subjects covered.

Certification:

NCFE On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Psychology of Criminal Profiling Certificate of Achievement by NCFE.

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.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualifications-and-assessments/qualification-frameworks/levels-of-qualifications/

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content of a training course is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding organisation. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to courses, which result in the award of a certificate of achievement but does not qualify you for a nationally recognised qualification. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence through NCC, an approved NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to this course. Training courses have been specifically designed by the course developer to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home.

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