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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology (OpenUnis)

OUA Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology (OpenUnis)
1 year full-time
Open Universities Australia


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This programme is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of service professionals interested in the area of psychology and includes people working within policing, governmental departments of justice and child protection, legal practitioners, community services professionals (e.g., social workers), and health professionals (e.g. psychologists, nurses) working within these contexts.

What you'll learn

  • apply psychological theory and knowledge to evidence-informed practice in forensic settings
  • generate effective approaches through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
  • critically appraise and evaluate information to inform best practice
  • effectively communicate relevant knowledge to a range of professionals
  • summarise core topics in forensic psychology and how they apply within real world settings
  • demonstrate ability for self directed learning and reflective practice
  • illustrate the limitations of and challenges to the application of psychology within forensic settings
  • apply psychological knowledge to specific problems and challenges within relevant forensic psychological settings

Admission criteria

Other requirements and notes for this course

Specifically, applicants require a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification. Applicants without an undergraduate degree will be considered on the basis of at least four years relevant work experience.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

Everyone’s study journey is different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact Curtin OUA at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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This offering is only available online. Please visit the Open Universities Australia website for more information.

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  • Curtin course code: OC-PSYFR
  • Last updated on: February 25, 2021