CertHE Criminal Psychology

Short online course designed for continuing professional development or progression onto a full Bachelors degree

University of Essex Online


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Online, self-paced
16 Months
Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education
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This short CertHE Criminal Psychology programme is a great introduction to the challenging and fascinating worlds of psychology and criminology. With an indicative study time of only 16 months, this course can be completed as a stand-alone qualification or used as a first step towards our full BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology.


Level 4 Certificate of Higher Education
Awarded by University of Essex

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Throughout the course, you’ll develop your awareness of the theoretical and scientific underpinnings of psychology, including its origins, limitations and progression. You’ll also develop knowledge of the diversity and variability of functioning and its significance in criminal psychology, explicitly in relation to offender profiling. And finally, you’ll also learn to recognise a wide range of influences on psychological functioning and how these are conceptualised across the two core discipline areas of cognitive psychology and social psychology.

Along with the subject-specific knowledge that you’ll achieve, you will also develop a range of career-related, transferable skills including the ability to evaluate evidence, to confidently communicate and discuss issues in a professional environment and how to identify patterns of behaviour.


We believe that education should be accessible for everyone, so you do not need any previous academic qualifications to start our CertHE Criminal Psychology course.

We have a 21 day money back guarantee, which means that 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 21 days. You must pass your first assignment 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 score of 6.0.

Career path

This Certificate is the perfect way to improve your CV and potentially get ahead in your career in a short space of time. Throughout the programme, you’ll improve your skills in communication, computer literacy, data interpretation, problem-solving and self-motivation.

The programme can be the first step towards a career in criminal justice, security, marketing, research, academia or business.

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