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    Online Psychology A level

    Course Information

    Focusing on a wide range of psychological theories, research methods and mental health issues, our psychology A level course will give you a range of skills and plenty of understanding of the subject.

    After an introduction into the topic, the AS level portion of the course will see you learning about social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology and theoretical approaches to psychology that will remain useful throughout the A level section of the course and into further study.

    The A level section continues with an education in research methods and approaches, before exploring topics including gender, aggression and schizophrenia, giving you a wide understanding of some of the key subjects in the field.

    The course consists of 38 lessons, 12 Tutor-marked assignments and 5 practice examination papers.  We would expect the average student to need around 700 hours of study to complete the A level.

    Module One: Introductory Topics

    • Research Methods and Ethical Considerations
    • Introduction to Approaches in Psychology
    • Describing and Interpreting Data

    Module Two: Social Influence

    • Social Influence
    • Obedience
    • Minority Influence and Social Change

    Module Three: Memory

    • Models of Memory
    • Forgetting
    • Eyewitness Testimony

    Module Four: Attachment

    • Attachment: Animals vs Humans
    • Attachment: The Early Years
    • Deprivation and Separation

    Module Five: Theoretical Approaches in Psychology

    • The Biological and the BioPsychological Approach
    • The Behavioural Approach (Learning Theory)
    • The Cognitive Approach and Neuroscience
    • The Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches – Inferential Statistics

    Module Six: Psychopathology

    • Definitions of Abnormality
    • Depression
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • Phobias

    Module Seven: Research Methods and Approaches

    • Psychological Approaches
    • More on Approaches
    • Issues and Debates in Psychology

    Module Eight: Gender

    • Studying Gender
    • The Biological Approach
    • Gender Differences and Cultural Variations
    • Applying Psychological Approaches to Gender

    Module Nine: Schizophrenia

    • Classification of Schizophrenia
    • Biological and Psychological Explanations
    • Drug Therapy, CBT and Family Therapy
    • Interactionist Approaches

    Module Ten: Aggression

    • Biology and Genetics
    • Ethological, Evolutionary and Social Explanations
    • Institutional Aggression
    • Media Influences on Aggression

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    Exam boards and assessment

    The syllabus has been written for the AQA exam board’s qualification and will prepare you for examinations with a range of activities and self-assessment tasks. The syllabus numbers are:

    • AS Psychology (Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology): course code 7181
    • A-level Psychology (Advanced GCE in Psychology): course code 7182

    For the AS course, there are two 90-minute papers, while for A level, there are three two-hour exams. There are no coursework requirements for AS or A level psychology.

    What can I do with a psychology A level?

    There are all sorts of uses for an A level in psychology. If you think you might like a career in the field as a psychologist or researcher, the course will prepare you for further study at university. If you’re unsure of your future career though, the subject can be used in lots of other lines of work.

    For instance, it can be used in clinical and counselling contexts, in order to help people with mental health issues, or in the sports world, assisting athletes break down mental barriers and improve their performance. There are also forensic applications in the police force, scientific and medical applications in the field of neuropsychology, and careers in the educational world, for instance, helping children having problems learning at school.

    There are further career opportunities too; in business, marketing, or in the care sector, for example.

    The skills you’ll learn and rely upon most during the course include:

    • Research skills
    • Crafting fluent arguments and points of view
    • Essay writing
    • Analytical skills
    • Understanding from various perspectives
    • Critical reasoning
    • Conducting scientific investigations

    Online Course? Paper Based? Somewhere in between? It’s your choice!

    All of our Psychology A level students receive:

    • Traditional printed learning materials
    • Access to our online resources with on-the-go access to all your regular lessons
    • Unmatched support by a fully qualified teacher online and by phone
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    How much does it cost?

    Our Psychology A Level course fee is £475 with a £95 deposit and then eight monthly instalments of £47.50.

    You will receive support from a fully-qualified tutor holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education. This support includes:

    • Marking all assignments for the course
    • Written answers to specific study problems
    • Tutor contact by telephone and email

    When you begin this course, you will agree on an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser. Your support period lasts up to this examination date.

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    We expect students to have a minimum of four good GCSEs in order to study psychology A level, ideally including a grade C or above in Maths and English.

    If you feel you have other qualifications or experience that might make you suitable for the course, call one of our student advisers on 0800 0111 024 to talk about your suitability.


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    You can enrol any time you like, the earlier the better. The important thing to think about is when you wish to sit your exam and to give yourself plenty of time to work through your materials and revise successfully. Our cut-off dates for enrolment can be found here.

    Once you have enrolled, you will get access to your course online immediately and your printed course materials will arrive a few days later.

    Our cut-off for enrolling on an A level Psychology course for the following summer examination series is mid-October each year. So yes you can.  However, remember that you will still need to fit around 700 hours of study time into your schedule before the examination.  The earlier you enrol, the less study you must do each week!

    Yes, you can.  The fee to enrol on the Psychology AS course is just £300.  If you decide to upgrade to a full A Level later on then you may do so for an additional fee of £250.

    The results from your AS Level exam cannot be carried forward to your A level and you will need to take the full A level exams which test the full spectrum of topics from the AS and A level specification.

    The Psychology A level papers may be sat in the Summer examination series.  The Summer series typically runs from mid-May to late June.

    Since 2016 there has not been an autumn examination sitting.

    The final date for booking summer exams with the exam board without incurring late entry fees is the 21st of February. You should book your place at an exam centre well in advance of this date. Start looking once the autumn term begins.

    All the information you need to book an exam centre can be found in our Exams Hub. Here you will find

    • detailed instructions
    • entry codes needed to book exams
    • our map of examination centres where our students have sat in recent years.

    Tutors & Exams offers discounts to Oxford Home Schooling students and has nine current exam venues across the UK: Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton,  Coventry, Doncaster, High Wycombe, Romford, St Neots, Taunton and Wimbledon.

    Pearson Edexcel also publishes a list of exam centres that accept private candidates. This won’t cover every available centre, so if there’s nothing shown in your area, we recommend contacting local schools and colleges directly.

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