Psychology of Criminal Profiling - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

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 a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Psychology of Criminal Profiling Diploma – Level 3 Course includes the following units:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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'.
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'.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £40.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.

Prerequisites

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

Please Note: Due to the content this course is not recommended for students under the age of 16.

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.

Assessment

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.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the 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. 

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme 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.

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

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

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