A-Level Psychology

Our course code: X915

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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.

Through studying this course, you will gain transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. You will also gain knowledge and understanding of how science works which will prepare you for further study. If you are fascinated by the idea of understanding the human brain – if you want to grasp the complexities of human behaviour A-Level Psychology is for you.

A-levels are the gold standard for education in the UK, recognised by universities and employers alike as a mark of significant achievement. Having an A-level demonstrates a thorough understanding of a subject, will boost your career prospects and will open up new opportunities for you. This A-Level Psychology course has been written to the latest specifications and has been designed to give you the best possible chance of success.

You’ll have everything you need to succeed, starting with a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the exam.

You will benefit from:

  • A brand new course, written to the latest specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to a network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we help you write a study plan and support you throughout
  • Exam pass guarantee (If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

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 […]

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X915
  • Qualification code: 7182

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

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.

Course Duration

You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. You will receive your logins to our MyOxbridge portal where your learning materials will be accessible.

Assessment

All enrolments will be for exams in Summer 2022. 

You will be required to complete the three standard written exams.

Official exams

  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
  • 2 hours, 33.3% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.

Assignments

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.

Course Outcomes

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.

Additional Information

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

Course Content

1: Social influence

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.

2: Memory

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.

3: Attachment

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.

4: Psychopathology

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.

5: Approaches in psychology

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.

6: Biopsychology

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.

7: Issues and debates in psychology

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.

8: Relationships

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.

9: Aggression

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.

10: Research methods in psychology

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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Frequently Asked Questions

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Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

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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.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

You can study this course from anywhere in the world, but the exams must be taken within the UK.

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