Psychology A Level Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials
Self-Study Time:Approximately 700 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:7 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Psychology A Level Course will give a fascinating insight into a hugely popular subject. You will learn to design experiments, evaluate scientific research, use statistics effectively and deal with ethical issues. There is also guidance on carrying out practical investigations and psychological methods. Training in Psychology opens up many career paths. In addition to laying the foundations for further study, it is useful not only for future health professionals, but also for a broad range of jobs involving the management of people.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are sixteen Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) including four practice exam assignments.

Specification and Exams

This Psychology A Level Home Study Course prepares students for the AQA Psychology A Level (7182) Specification for exams in May/June 2021 or later years. The Psychology A Level is assessed by three written exam papers. There is no coursework assessment with this specification.

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (2 Hours) is 96 marks in total (33.33% of A-level).
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context (2 Hours) is 96 marks in total (33.33% of A-level).
  • Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (2 Hours) is 96 marks in total (33.33% of A-level).
Psychology A Level Course Syllabus

The Psychology A Level Home Study Course is Divided into Eleven Modules Containing 38 Lessons:

The module includes the following lessons: Introduction; Research Methods and Ethical Considerations; Introduction to Approaches in Psychology; and Describing and Interpreting Data.
The module includes the following lessons: Social Influence; Obedience; and Minority Influence and Social Change.
The module includes the following lessons: Models of Memory; Forgetting; and Eyewitness Testimony.
The module includes the following lessons: Attachment: Animals vs Humans; Attachment: The Early Years; and Deprivation and Separation.
The module includes the following lessons: The Behavioural Approach (Learning Theory); The Cognitive Approach and Neuroscience; The Psychodynamic and Humanistic Approaches; and Inferential Statistics.
The module includes the following lessons: Definitions of Abnormality; Depression; Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder; and Phobias.
The module includes the following lessons: Psychological Approaches (1); More on Approaches; Issues and Debates in Psychology; and Practice Test (Research Methods & Inferential Statistics).
The module includes the following lessons: Studying Gender; The Biological Approach; Gender Differences and Cultural Variations; and Applying Psychological Approaches to Gender.
The module includes the following lessons: Classification of Schizophrenia; Biological and Psychological Explanations; Drug Therapy, CBT and Family Therapy; and Interactionist Approaches.
The module includes the following lessons: Biology and Genetics; Ethological, Evolutionary and Social Explanations; Institutional Aggression; and Media Influences on Aggression.
The module includes the following lessons: Revision and Examination Technique.

We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above on the older grading system or 4 or above on the new grading system. For Psychology this should ideally include a grade C/4 or above in English Language and either Mathematics or Science.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course.

Additional Reading

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • AQA A-level Psychology Book 1 by Jean-Marc Lawton (ISBN: 978-1471834882)
  • AQA A-level Psychology Book 2 by Jean-Marc Lawton (ISBN: 978-1471835377)

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

AQA A Level Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification A Level Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we don't offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their own exams. Private Candidates cannot complete AQA Specification Exams outside of the UK.

Students are contacted in December/January and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 examination centres in the UK. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the AQA Page for Finding a School or College which shows a selection of centres set out geographically.

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

A Level exams are only available in the Summer examination window and examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre's administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2023. 

The closing dates for courses which require coursework authentication (English Language, English Literature and History) will be 20 September 2022 and the closing date for other subjects is 11 October 2022. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2024 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

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UCAS Applications

Tutors can support registered students with their University application but this should be arranged in the previous year to sitting exams and prior to the below dates:

  • 1st August for Oxford or Cambridge
  • 1st December for all other Universities

There is a charge of £100.00 for supporting your application and providing predicted grades and a well-rounded reference which will incorporate something from each of your tutors and be specific to your application. The payment will be made before the required dates and any reference requests received after this date will incur an additional £50.00 penalty payment.

In order that your tutor has something on which to base a reference and/or predicted grade, you need to have done a MINIMUM of six assignments in each subject you are studying. More is better! Your tutor will want you to succeed so talk to them about your plans; it will help with your application if they know something about you.

If you are at school and are doing an A level as an addition to your school studies, then you will need to check with your school to make sure they will accept a predicted grade or some input into the reference that they are doing for you.

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