Advanced Certificate in Criminal Psychology

Are you intrigued by the psychological mechanisms behind criminal behaviour? Do you envision yourself unlocking the secrets behind crime scenes and comprehending the intricacies of criminal minds? Keen to blend legal expertise with psychological acumen to prevent crime and aid offender rehabilitation? Embark on the Advanced Certificate in Criminal Psychology to transform these interests into a robust, rewarding career, perfect for those looking to enhance or gain advanced skills in this fascinating field.
Course Provider
The Learning Group
(RTO 22557)
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One-on-One Mentor and Student Support Advisor

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Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
Self-paced. Approximately 700 hours to complete the course, which has seven key modules made up of 71 lessons.
Flexible, online, self-paced learning with dedicated mentor support.
Career Outcomes

This course may be of interest to people working or aspiring to work in or as:

  • Law enforcement
  • Crime Prevention
  • Social Workers
  • Rehabilitation Officers
  • Prison Guards
  • Legal professions
  • Security Professions
Course Modules

Module 1: Introduction to Forensics

  1. Nature of Forensic Science
  2. Forensic Science and Law
  3. Evidence Collection
  4. Analysis of Evidence 
  5. Specialist Forensics
  6. Criminology
  7. Psychological Disorders and Crime
  8. Criminal Profiling and Intelligence
  9. Presenting Evidence in Court
  10. Ethical Issues

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.

Module 2: Criminal Psychology

  1. Introduction to Criminal Psychology
  2. Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime
  3. Psychology and Understanding Serious Crimes
  4. Mental Disorder and Crime 1 - Learning Disabilities and Crime
  5. Mental Disorder and Crime 2 -Psychopathy
  6. Gender and Crime
  7. Youth and Crime
  8. Psychology and the Police
  9. Psychology in the Courtroom
  10. Psychology and Crime Prevention

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 3: Legal Terminology

  1. Scope and Nature of Legal Terminology
  2. The Legal Workplace
  3. Legal Systems and International 
  4. Contract and BusinessLaw
  5. Property Law- Conveyancing and Intellectual Property 
  6. Wills, Probates, Estates and Trusts
  7. Criminal Law and Torts (Civil Law)
  8. Other Categories Family Law, Bankruptcy, Insurance, Accident Compensation

This module aims to increase your understanding of legal terminology, which is useful for people in a variety of professions, from paralegals, to legal assistants and receptionists, to law enforcement officers, writers and journalists, campaigners and activists, to authorised government inspectors and officers. It’s also beneficial to those looking to improve their understanding of the government and the community.

Module 4: Abnormal Psychology

  1. Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy
  2. Delirium, Dementia, Amnesic and Other Cognitive Disorders
  3. Substance-Related Disorders
  4. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders
  5. Mood Disorders
  6. Anxiety Disorders
  7. Somatoform, Factitious, and Dissociative Disorders
  8. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
  9. Eating and Sleep Disorders
  10. Impulse-Control Disorders
  11. Adjustment Disorders
  12. Personality Disorders

Throughout this module, you will be introduced to a range of common psychological disorders, from their aetiology, symptoms, prognosis, to possible treatment options. Whilst the module largely mirrors classifications systems used in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders) and ICD (International Classification of Disease), the student is also encouraged to consider additional issues, such as the definition of normality and abnormality, and when is an individual’s behaviour within the bounds of what is regarded as “normal” in society and when is it “abnormal”.

The module aims to help you better understand common mental health issues so you can recognise and accommodate the behaviours of the people you work with and interact with, so you can relate and communicate with them in a more understanding and positively beneficial manner.

Module 5: Psychopharmacology (Drugs and Psychology)

  1. Introduction: A History on the Use and Misuse of Drugs in Society
  2. Effects of Drugs on the Individual and Society
  3. Legally Restricted Drugs: Stimulants and Narcotics
  4. Legally Restricted Drugs: Hallucinogens and Marijuana
  5. Legally Restricted Drugs: Steroids
  6. Legal Drugs: Alcohol
  7. Legal Drugs: Tobacco, Caffeine and Solvents
  8. Prescription and Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs
  9. Sedatives and Anti-Anxiety Drugs
  10. Prescription Drugs for Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders
  11. Treatment and Preventative Education

This module is designed to help you understand how different types of drugs (manmade and natural) can influence our behaviour. From substance abuse, dependency, and withdrawal effects on the nervous system, to the impacts of drugs on society, this introductory module provides a solid foundation to psychopharmacology.

You will learn how our thinking can be affected by both legal and illegal drugs, the effects of painkillers, alcohol and prescription drugs and discover the differences between the main groups of illicit drugs and how to identify drug abuse and dependence.

Module 6: Criminal Profiling

  1. Introduction to Criminal Profiling
  2. Profiling Methods
  3. Crime Scene Analysis
  4. Offender Characteristics
  5. Victimology
  6. Offender Profiling - Sexual Crimes
  7. Offender Profiling – Violent Crimes
  8. Offender Profiling – White-Collar Crimes
  9. Offender Profiling – Victimless Crimes, Consensual Crimes and Other Crimes
  10. Profiling in Action

The Criminal Profiling module is designed to enhance your understanding of criminal profiling techniques, a vital skill set for law enforcement officers, forensic psychologists, and criminal investigators. Starting with an introduction to criminal profiling, this module delves into various profiling methods, exploring how they are used to analyse crime scenes and understand offender characteristics. It covers in-depth analyses of different types of crimes, including sexual crimes, violent crimes, white-collar crimes, and unique categories such as victimless and consensual crimes. Victimology, a crucial aspect of profiling, is also thoroughly examined, providing insights into the relationship between victims and offenders. 

Module 7: Ethics

  1. Overview of Ethics
  2. Metaethics
  3. Accommodating Varying Viewpoints
  4. Virtues and Morality
  5. Reasons for Ethical Decisions
  6. The Social Contact
  7. Individual Rights
  8. An Ethical Society
  9. The Ethics of Work and Business

This module is crafted to enhance your understanding of ethical principles and their application in various professional and societal contexts. Beginning with an introduction to the fundamentals of ethics, this module delves into the complexities of arguing ethical positions and understanding meta-ethics. It emphasises the importance of accommodating diverse viewpoints, exploring virtues, morality and the reasons behind ethical decisions. The module further examines the concept of the social contract and its relevance in shaping individual rights and societal norms.

Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • One-on-one mentor and a student support advisor available to you 5 days a week.
  • Upon course completion, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion, and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.
Student Support

You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support advisor, mentor and course consultants, who are available 5 days per week.


Assessments are an important part of your study journey as they help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving on to the next. They also help your student support advisor and mentors 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, undertaking research and watching videos. Assessments might include case studies, quizzes, and written assessments.


Upon completing the course, you will receive a Statement of Attainment for each certificate completed and a Certificate of Completion.

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.

Availability of Content

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

Approval & Recognition

The Learning Group is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises quality and excellence in education providers in tertiary education.

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About the Course Provider

The Learning Group

Whether you want to stand out from the competition, move into a new industry or turn your passion into a career, The Learning Group courses are designed to help you get ahead and stay ahead. They have a student-first approach, so you can study your way, when and how it suits you. Their courses are designed to fit in with your lifestyle, so you can continue to work and study at the same time. You’ll be fully supported with access to an allocated student support mentor and their experienced course consultants, who are available to you 5 days a week. The pathway to success looks different for everyone. As a Learning Group student, you will have the opportunity to further study with their well-rounded study program with industry associations and partnerships to deliver personal development and career success. Plus, they partner with industry leading education providers, so you can unlock access to LinkedIn Learning. The Learning Group offers a wide range of onlince courses in Australia, from Aged Care to Zoology, tailored for flexible learning. Their student-first approach ensures you can study at your own pace, balancing work and education. With industry partnerships and LinkedIn Learning access, these courses support career advancement and personal development, making it ideal for those looking to enhance their skills or pivot to new careers entirely, all through online study.
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