Forensic Psychology (Introductory)

Level: Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Introductory Forensic Psychology to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course looks mainly at forensic psychology, but also gives an overview of forensics, including crime scene investigation and other specialist areas. Put simply, forensic psychologists are psychologists that are called on to provide evidence and give their professional opinions in a court of law in order to facilitate a legal decision. They may help in jury selection, determine if the individual accused of a crime is mentally capable of standing trial (competency), profile the criminal and give an opinion of what may have happened or about the person’s sanity. This course will give you an interesting introduction to the subject.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Psychology
      • What is Forensic Psychology?
      • The History of Forensic Psychology
      • What does a Forensic Psychologist do?
      • The Positive Aspects of the Job
      • Other Fields of Forensic Psychology
      • Conclusion
  • Lesson Two
    • Insanity and Other Psychological Disorders
      • Psychosis
    • Competency and Criminal Responsibility
      • History
      • Why do we Need the Insanity Defence?
      • Is Pleading Insanity Successful?
      • Those Who have Used the Insane Defence
  • Lesson Three
    • Insanity and Other Defences against the Act
      • The M’Naghten Rules
      • The Substantial Capacity Test
      • Temporary Insanity
      • Diminished Responsibility
      • The Irresistible Impulse
      • Postpartum Depression Psychosis
      • Battered Woman Syndrome
      • Gay Panic Defence
      • Self-defence
      • Consent
      • Duress
      • Provocation
    • Offences and Rights
      • Rape
      • Manslaughter
      • Miranda Rights
  • Lesson Four
    • Psychological Testing
    • Psychological Profiling
      • Modus Operandi
      • Signature Behaviours
      • Dissociation
      • Personality
      • The Profiling Process
      • Geographic Profiling
      • Interviews and Self-Reports
  • Lesson Five
    • Forensic Science
      • Trace Material
      • DNA
      • Fingerprints
      • Detection Tools
      • Crime Scene Investigators
      • Other Specialists
      • Forensic Artists
      • Anthropologists
      • Forensic Serologists
    • Summary
      • Useful Contact

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.