About This Course

Criminology for Beginners has been written for those who wish either to study criminology for fun or to sample a taster for further study and accreditation.  It has been written in easy to follow terms and will enable the student to understand the basics behind Forensics, Autopsies, Types of Criminals, Processing a Scene of Crime, Profiling Methods, and will examine past cases and policing methods as well as Crime and Punishment.

About Criminology

Primarily concentrating on murder cases the student will be able to gather an understanding of how autopsies provide information and clues not just to cause of death but also the life style of the victim and the possible identity of the perpetrator of the crime.


Lesson One: What is Criminology?

  • Poisons
  • The Case of Florence Maybrick.
  • The Case of Charles LeFarge

Lesson Two: Knives

  • The Case of Jack the Ripper (Part One)
  • Victims

Lesson Three: The Case of Jack the Ripper (Part Two)

  • Victims and Suspects
  • Possible Victims
  • Psychological Profiling                 

Lesson Four: Parricide and Matricide.

  • The Case of Lizzie Borden
  • The Case of Jo Ann Kiger
  • The Case of Francis Blandy
  • Somnambulism

Lesson Five: The Post Mortem / Autopsy

  • Entomology
  • Processing A Scene Of  Crime
  • Cold Cases
  • The Case of Lord Lucan

Lesson Six: Prostitution

  • Case of Jack the Stripper
  • The Serial Killer
  • Maslow - hierarchy of needs
  • The Case of Burke and Hare
  • The Case of  Bela Kiss
  • The Case of  Peter Sutcliffe

Lesson Seven: The Black Dahlia

  • The Case of  Jean Spangler
  • The Case of Marian Parker
  • Missing Persons
  • Kidnapping

Lesson Eight: Execution

  • Methods of Execution.
  • Capital punishment
  • The Case of Ruth Ellis
  • The Last Men To Be Executed In England
  • Albert Pierrepoint
  • Hangmen of the United Kingdom
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • The Profumo Case


This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.



At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies


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