CertHE Criminal Psychology
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This short online Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Criminal Psychology course is the perfect introduction to the fascinating and challenging worlds of criminology and psychology.
Throughout the programme, you’ll develop your own knowledge of the scientific and theoretical underpinnings of psychology, including its historical origins, progression and limitations. You’ll also develop an awareness of the variability and diversity of functioning and its significance in criminal psychology, specifically in relation to offender profiling. And finally, you’ll also recognise a range of influences on psychological functioning and how these are conceptualised across the two core discipline areas of social psychology and cognitive psychology.
In addition to gaining the subject-specific knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of transferable, career-related skills including the ability to evaluate evidence, identify patterns of behaviour and how to confidently communicate and discuss issues in a professional environment.
Duration study load
- 16 months – Part-time
We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so we offer an Open Entry Route that means you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertHE Criminal Psychology course.
You will be allowed to start the CertHE Criminal Psychology course and make an assessment of whether it is right for you during the first three weeks. You must pass your first assignment set during this time in order to continue with your studies.
If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.0. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, we require students to pass a free online English test.
You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated student adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, we cap our class sizes at 20 students.
We adopt an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams, Criminal Psychology assignments are based on real-life work experience and assessed by tutors on an ongoing basis.
You are always aware of your current provisional grade right from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve.
We believe that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:
- Showing your marks clearly in your grade book, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
- The rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your grade book is always up to date
- Assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for the end of year exams
- Ensuring you have regular contact with your student adviser
- The simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria
We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.
As we are a 100% online university, we utilise a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.
This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.
The CertHE Criminal Psychology is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 120 credits.
Level 4 Core Modules
- Fundamentals of Effective Learning in Psychology (15 credits)
- Introduction to Social Psychology (15 credits)
- Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (15 credits)
- Introduction to Offender Profiling (15 credits)
- Introduction to Research Methods (30 credits)
- Crime & Society (15 credits)
- Criminal Justice
- BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology
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About University of Essex Online
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