What you will learn
Unit 1 - Social influence
- Types of Conformity
- Explanations for obedience
- Resistance to Social Influence
- The role of social influence processes in social change
- The Multi-Store Model
- Explanations for forgetting
- Interference theory
- Retrieval failure
- The Cognitive Interview Technique
- Caregiver-infant interactions
- Stages of attachment
- Multiple attachments and the role of the father
- Cultural variations in attachment
- Behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of disorders
- Depressive and bipolar disorders
- OCD and anxiety disorders
- The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias
- The cognitive approach to depression
- The biological approach to OCD
Unit 5 - Approaches in psychology
- Origins of psychology
- Social learning theory
- Cognitive approaches
- Biological approaches
- Psychodynamic approaches, including Freud and the Structure of Personality
- Humanistic approaches
- The eclectic approach
- The Nervous System
- The Endocrine System
- The Fight or Flight Response
- Localisation of brain function
Unit 7 - Issues and debates in psychology
- Free will and determinism
- Nature vs nurture
- Holism and reductionism
- Idiographic and nomothetic approaches
- Partner preferences
- Factors affecting attraction in romantic relationships
- Filter theory
- Virtual relationships
- Parasocial relationships
- Neural mechanisms and the limbic system
- Hormonal mechanisms
- Genetic factors and the MAOA gene
- Twin studies and aggression:
- Ethological and evolutionary explanations
- Social psychological explanations
- Dispositional and situational explanations
- Media influences
- Classification of schizophrenia
- Different types of schizophrenia
- Biological explanations for schizophrenia
- Psychological explanations for schizophrenia:
- Treatments for schizophrenia
- Defining mental illness
Unit 11 - Research methods in psychology
- Lab experiments
- Field experiments
- Natural experiments
- Quasi experiments
- Types of observation
- Self-report techniques
- Experimental design
- Ethical issues
- The BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct
- Peer review
- Types of data
- Choice of statistical testing
- Report writing
Preparing for the examinations
Now is the time to get yourself ready for the big day and do some exam preparation.
As a leading distance learning provider, our courses are accredited by the main UK awarding bodies and recognised by UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. By completing our online A-Level Psychology course, you will receive up to 56 UCAS points, which are used as part of university applications, and issued by AQA.
After you’ve passed your exams, you’ll be awarded an A-level Psychology qualification, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
This syllabus (7182) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for AQA Psychology A-level examinations for Summer 2024.
You will be required to complete the three written exams:
- Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 96 marks.
- Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 96 marks.
- Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 96 marks.
As an Oxbridge student, you are guaranteed access to one of our exam centres located across the country, saving you time and stress and allowing you to concentrate on getting prepared. Your tutor will also provide you with all the resources you need for A-level Psychology revision; whether you prefer working from past papers or a more visual way of revising, we’re here to help you succeed.
It is strongly recommended that you have at least one science GCSE or equivalent, preferably a GCSE in Psychology. You also need to be comfortable dealing with numbers. This AQA A-level Psychology syllabus is a difficulty level three: an A-level or BTEC equivalent difficulty, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.