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CERTIFICATE IN CRIMINAL STUDIES - VPS311

Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate

Criminal Studies Online Course

Learn more about criminal behaviour and investigation with this specialised online certificate.

This certificate qualification is made up of six x 100 hour modules. It is studied by remote learning, to fit in around you and your lifestyle. Courses can be started at any time to suit you. They are also self-paced.

Learn more about -

  • criminal profiling
  • criminal psychology
  • legal terminology
  • forensics
  • criminal behaviour
  • And much more.

The course is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more criminal behaviour and investigation. For example, people working in -

  • law enforcement
  • security
  • prisons
  • criminal investigations
  • the police
  • security forces
  • private detective work
  • youth work
  • and more.

Modules

Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the CERTIFICATE IN CRIMINAL STUDIES - VPS311
 CRIMINAL PROFILING BPS227
 CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY BPS309
 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE BSC114
 LEGAL TERMINOLOGY BWR108
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 14 modules.
 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY - BPS307
 ADVANCED FREELANCE WRITING BWR201 (Applied Writing)
 ANGER MANAGEMENT - BPS111
 ANXIETY MANAGEMENT BPS224
 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH BPS214
 CYBER SECURITY VIT103
 ETHICS BPS217
 FREELANCE WRITING BWR102
 INDUSTRY PROJECT BIP000
 MANAGING MENTAL HEALTH IN ADULTS BPS216
 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (DRUGS & PSYCHOLOGY) BPS302
 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY - BPS205
 WORKSHOP I BGN103
 WRITING FICTION BWR105

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Sample Notes from the Criminal Profiling Course

Goal of Forensic Victimology

Understanding victim profiles and their specific circumstances can help with investigations because it enables investigators to accurately decipher the facts of a case.  In doing so, investigators can get a clearer idea of what the victim has experienced and how it has affected them e.g., costs, psychological harm, and physical injuries. It also helps to determine if the victim was a stranger to the offender or known to them e.g., acquaintance, friend, family member, or intimate partner. Ultimately, victimology sheds light on the nature of the offender. The more that is known about the victim, the more that is known about the crime that was committed and therefore the criminal.  For example, if the victim did not put up a struggle it suggests that they knew the offender, or they trusted them.

Victimology is particularly useful for solving violent crimes where the victim is the best evidence investigators have that a crime was committed. Understanding how the victim and the offender came to cross paths – regardless of whether the victim survived – is especially useful knowledge. Victimology narrows down the pool of suspects. It can help investigators arrive at a motive, which points to suspects, and eventually an offender. However, profiling is generally used to help with cases that are difficult to solve where the motive is not very apparent.   

Victimology can also help with:

  • Determining whether reports of victimisation are true or untrue – i.e., whether a crime occurred.
  • Figuring out the offender’s modus operandi – how the offender chose their victim.
  • Determining an offender’s exposure level – the amount of identification, discovery, or apprehension they are exposed to e.g., if the crime occurred in broad daylight this may mean the offender was careless, or that they were highly skilled.
  • Determining a victim’s exposure level – their amount of exposure to loss or harm during a crime.
  • Linking cases – a connection between victims or their exposure may help to link cases.
  • Reconstructing the crime scene.
  • Creating a timeline of the victim’s last known behaviours.
  • Working out appropriate public safety measures.

If you would like to learn more about criminal behaviour, legal terminology, criminal investigation and much more to improve your job and career prospects, then this is the course for you.

If you have any questions, our psychology and criminology tutors are more than happy to help, so please ask here.

Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!