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Criminal Law Course - Level 3 CPD

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10 hours
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1 year
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10 CPD hours / points
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The course is delivered through Janets’ online learning platform. The Criminal Law Course - Level 3 CPD has no formal teaching deadlines, meaning you are free to complete the course at your own pace.

Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Criminal Law

  • Definition of Crime
  • Classification of Criminal Offences
  • What is Criminal Law?
  • Burden and Standard of Proof
  • The Appeals Process
  • Summary Trials
  • Trials on Indictment
  • Miscarriages of Justice
  • Summary

Module 2: Elements of a Crime

  • Actus Reus and Mens Rea
  • Characteristics of an Actus Reus
  • Willed Conduct
  • Omissions
  • Causation
  • Causation in Fact
  • Causation in Law
  • The “Thin Skin” Rule
  • Mens Rea
  • Intention
  • Direct Intention
  • Indirect Intention
  • Criticisms of the Existing Law
  • Summary

Module 3: Incitement, Conspiracy and Attempt

  • Inchoate Liability
  • Incitement
  • Incitement to Racial Hatred
  • Soliciting Murder
  • Incitement at Common Law
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea
  • Conspiracy
  • Statutory Conspiracy
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea
  • Common-Law Conspiracy
  • Attempt
  • Impossibility
  • Attempting Offences
  • Summary

Module 4: Participation

  • The Principal and the Accomplice
  • Joint Principals and Innocent Agents
  • Modes of Participation
  • Aiding
  • Abetting
  • Counselling
  • The ‘Blank Cheque’ Rule
  • Transferred Malice
  • Withdrawal from the Common Plan
  • Victims as Accomplices
  • Preventing Crime and Limiting Harm
  • Informers and Undercover Agents
  • Limiting Consequences of Crime
  • The Draft Criminal Code Bill
  • Acquittal of the Principal
  • Summary

Module 5: Crime Prevention

  • Introduction
  • Crime Prevention
  • Types of Crime Prevention
  • Theoretical Basis
  • Growth of Crime Prevention
  • Situational and Social Crime Prevention
  • Situational Crime Prevention
  • Social Crime Prevention
  • The CCTV
  • Zero Tolerance Policing
  • Summary

Module 6: The Police

  • Introduction
  • Roles and Development of Police
  • Organisation and Accountability
  • Rank Structure
  • Accountability of Police
  • Legal Accountability
  • Search Powers: PACE
  • Stop and Search (sections 1–7)
  • Search Warrants (section 8)
  • Search on Arrest (section 32)
  • Intimate Searches (section 55)
  • Arrest, Detention & Interview
  • Police work
  • Front Line Definers of Crime
  • Summary

Module 7: Prosecution, Caution and Diversion

  • Introduction
  • Cautioning
  • Cautioning and Young Offenders
  • Prosecution
  • Code for Crown Prosecutors
  • Evidential Test
  • Public Interest Test
  • Mentally Disordered Offenders
  • Summary

Module 8: Youth Justice

  • Introduction
  • Youth and Crime
  • Youth Justice System
  • Diversion
  • The Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Youth Courts
  • Sentencing Young Offenders
  • Summary

Module 9: The Trial

  • Adversarial Justice
  • Role of the Trial
  • Juries
  • Arguments for Retaining the Jury
  • Arguments against Retaining the Jury
  • Rights of the Defendant in Court
  • Evidence
  • Appeal System
  • Summary

Module 10: Sentencing Process

  • Introduction
  • Aims of Sentencing
  • Punishment
  • Objectives of Sentencing
  • Types of Sentence
  • Factors Affecting Sentence
  • Structuring Sentencing Decisions
  • Summary

Module 11: Homicide

  • What Is Homicide?
  • Corpus Delicti
  • Culpable Homicide
  • Murder
  • Difference between Murder and Culpable Homicide
  • Current Law of Murder
  • Sentencing for Murders
  • Aggravating and Mitigating Factors
  • Appeals
  • Manslaughter
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Provocation
  • Suicide Pacts
  • Involuntary Manslaughter
  • Reckless Manslaughter
  • Gross Negligence Manslaughter
  • Suicide
  • Summary

Module 12: Offences against Person

  • Introduction
  • Assault
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea
  • Assaults on Emergency Workers
  • Battery
  • Actus Reus
  • Mens Rea
  • Summary

Module 13: Sexual Offences

  • Sexual Assault
  • Engaging in Sexual Activity without Consent
  • Rape
  • Defining Rape
  • Summary

Module 14: Theft

  • Theft Act, 1968
  • Defining Theft
  • Actus Reus
  • Property
  • Intangible Property
  • Belonging to Another
  • Appropriation
  • Mens Rea
  • Dishonesty
  • Trusts
  • Summary

Module 15: Blackmail, Robbery & Burglary

  • Introduction
  • Paradox of Blackmail
  • The Actus Reus of Blackmail
  • Demand
  • Menaces
  • Gain or Loss
  • Mens Rea of Blackmail
  • Robbery
  • Force
  • Stealing
  • Burglary
  • Entry
  • As a Trespasser
  • Summary

Module 16: White-Collar Crime

  • Understanding White-Collar Crime
  • Offences under White-Collar Crimes
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Tax Evasion
  • Money Laundering
  • Theft Act, 1968
  • Fraud Act, 2006
  • Fraud by False Representation (section 2)
  • Fraud by Abuse of Position (section 4)
  • Lawyers and White-Collar Crime
  • Charges and Authorities
  • Summary

Module 17: Terrorism & Law

  • What is Terrorism?
  • Interpretation of Terrorism
  • What Causes Terrorism?
  • Economic Factors
  • Political Factors
  • Social Factors
  • Prosecution Guidance for Terrorism
  • Evidential Stage
  • Potential Offences
  • Public Interest Stage
  • Summary

Module 18: Property Offences

  • Common Elements
  • Deception
  • Dishonesty
  • Evasion of Liability by Deception
  • Making off Without Payment
  • Handling Stolen Goods
  • Modes of Handling
  • Summary

Module 19: Cybercrime & Piracy

  • What Is Cybercrime?
  • Common Cybercrimes
  • Phishing Scams
  • Cyber-Stalking
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • What Is Piracy?
  • Piracy and Cybercrimes
  • Understanding Piracy
  • Computer Misuse Act, 1990
  • Law for Spam & Malware
  • Amendments
  • Cybercrime European Convention
  • Prospectus for Future
  • Summary

Module 20: Prisons

  • Introduction
  • Origins of Prison
  • Prisons in England and Wales
  • Prison Population
  • Categories of Inmates
  • Female Prisoners
  • Home Detention Curfew
  • Parole
  • Impacts of Prison
  • Rehabilitation and Offender Management
  • Summary

Module 21: Probation Service

  • Introduction
  • Origins and Developments
  • The Probation Service
  • New National Priorities
  • Probation Period
  • Parole
  • Summary

Module 22: War Crimes

  • Understanding War Crimes
  • Violations of Article 3
  • Evolution of War Crimes
  • Elements of War Crimes
  • Underlying Offences
  • Hostage Taking
  • Cruel Treatment
  • Plunder, Pillage, or Extensive Appropriation
  • International Criminal Court
  • Summary

Method of Assessment

To successfully complete the course, students will have to take an automated multiple-choice exam. This exam will be online and you will need to score 60% or above to pass the course.

After successfully passing the course exam, you will be able to apply for a certificate as proof of your expertise.


All students who successfully complete the course can instantly download their free e-certificate. You can also purchase a hard copy of the certificate, which will be delivered by post for £9.99.

Who is this course for?

The course is ideal for those who are interested or already working in this sector.


No prior qualifications are needed for Learners to enrol on this course.

Career path

This Criminal Law Course - Level 3 CPD course will assist you to get your desired job in the relevant field. The course will also progress your career, regardless of your present job status.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.