The mind is an amazing thing. Is there really anything more fascinating than yourself and others? The brain is the organ that governs your every perception and sensation. Psychology focuses on the science of the mind and that science is ever changing through constant advances. This A-Level Psychology Course aims to develop your understanding of how science contributes to the success of the society. You will learn about different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other.
The mind is an amazing thing. Is there really anything more fascinating than yourself and others? The brain is the organ that governs your every perception and sensation. Psychology focuses […]
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You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.
Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.
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All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2022.
You will be required to complete the three standard written exams.
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During your course, you’ll be required to complete tutor marked assignments (TMAs). These do not contribute towards your final grade, but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Psychology, issued by AQA. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
Difficulty - Level 3
Entry requirements - It is strongly recommended that you have at least one science GCSE or equivalent, preferably in biology. You also need to be comfortable dealing with numbers.
UCAS Points - 56
To begin, you’ll learn about the various types of conformity and the explanations for it. It will introduce you to social role conformity and explanations for obedience, along with those for resistance to social influence. You’ll also look at the role of social influence in social change, and minority influence.
Next, you’ll explore the multi-store model of memory and the different types of long-term memory. You’ll learn about the working memory model and its different features, along with explanations for forgetting. Additionally, you’ll study factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, and what factors improve accuracy.
In this unit, you’ll look at some key psychologists who have studied the area of attachment. You’ll study caregiver and infant interactions and relationships, the different stages of attachment that humans go through during their lives, and explain how this can vary between cultures. You’ll also evaluate the role of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, including the role of an internal working model.
Put simply, psychopathology is the study of mental disorders, which is what you’ll be exploring in this unit. You’ll explore the behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as the behavioural approach to explaining and treating such conditions. Also, you’ll evaluate the cognitive and biological approaches to explaining and treating disorders such as depression.
Next, you’ll explore different learning approaches in psychology, including theories such as classical conditioning as described by Pavlov. You’ll study social learning theory, including imitation, identification, modelling, and vicarious reinforcement. Moving on, you’ll delve into the psychodynamic approach, the role of the unconscious, and the structure of personality, as well as humanistic psychological concepts such as free-will and self-actualisation.
Moving on, you’ll look at the divisions of the central nervous system, the function of neurons, and the process of synaptic transmission. You’ll also examine how the endocrine system works, including glands and hormones, along with the ‘fight or flight’ response and the role or adrenaline. Moving on, you’ll look at the different centres of the brain and what each of them are responsible for, how the brain recovers after trauma, what medical scanning techniques can tell us about the brain and its functions, and more.
In unit seven, you’ll study issues and debates in psychology, including those surrounding culture and gender, ethnocentrism, and cultural relativism. You’ll discuss the concepts of free will and determinism, the nature-nurture debate, biological and environmental reductionism, and more.
In the eighth unit, you’ll look at evolutionary explanations for partner preferences, including the relationship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour. You’ll examine the factors that affect romantic attraction too, along with relevant psychological concepts such as filter theory. You’ll also discuss virtual relationships in social media, along with parasocial relationships and the absorption-addiction model.
In the ninth unit, you’ll study aggression, including the bodily systems involved when this emotion is triggered inside the brain. You’ll examine ethnological explanations of aggression, including innate releasing mechanisms and fixed action patterns, and the aspects of human aggression that can be explained by evolutionary traits. Moving on, you’ll look at aggression from a social psychology perspective, the role that institutions can play, along with the effects of outside influences such as computer games.
In unit ten, you’ll take an in-depth look at schizophrenia. You’ll examine some of the classic symptoms associated with the disorder, such as hallucinations and delusions, along with some of the possible biological causes for the condition such as genetics. Moving on, you’ll discover some of the typical drug therapies that are prescribed to sufferers, along with other treatments such as CBT. Finally, you’ll study the importance of an interactionist approach when managing schizophrenia, and the diathesis-stress model.
Finally, you’ll look at how psychologists gather data via research. You’ll examine different techniques, such as observations, case studies, experiments, and self-reporting, evaluating their strengths and limitations.
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Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
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