Certificate in Criminal Psychology

Do you love listening to crime podcasts and watching real life crime television? Are you fascinated by forensics and the role they play to solve crime? Do you want to learn more about criminal behaviour and what leads people to do what they do? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 200 hours
to complete the course, which
has 2 key modules made up of
20 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at
your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

Designed to give you an introduction to criminal psychology and forensics, the course will provide you a strong understanding in mental disorders and crime, aggression, gender, youth and crime prevention. You will also learn about the role of forensics and how it used to solve crimes, including evidence gathered using scientific principles. As an introductory course, it has relevance to various professions from crime writing to legal services.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 2 Key Modules, made up of 10 subjects each.

Module 1: Criminal Psychology (100 hours)

This course is designed to teach you about criminal psychology and how psychology is used in law enforcement and crime prevention. Understand the many different theories and approaches to identifying the origins of criminal behaviour, from social learning theories to labelling theory and individual differences to gain a broad understanding of how crime is conceptualised. You will also gain a better understanding of the thoughts and behaviours of criminals and people who cross the boundary of what is considered acceptable in society.

Module 2: Introduction to Forensics (100 hours)

This course was designed as an introduction to the scope and nature of forensic science; from how modern science can be applied in law, to how it can help to solve crimes.

Discover how it draws on principles and methods from traditional sciences as well as specific forensic science techniques, such as anthropometry, fingerprinting, and blood stain analysis. Learn how evidence gathered using scientific principles is then prepared for submission in courts, to be presented impartially, to help uncover the truth.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and is aimed at people who want to support or counsel others through the processes of personal growth and change.

The Course may be of particular interest to people working or aspiring to work in:

› Law enforcement
› Crime Prevention
› Social Workers
› Rehabilitation Officers
› Prison Guards
› Legal professions
› Security Professions

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.

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