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A' Level Psychology Course

Enrolment Fee £355.00

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future

Course Description

This A' Level Psychology Course will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.

What makes us unique when delivering your A’ Level specification?

At Learn Now, we treat our students as individuals not numbers. Not everyone works at the same pace or needs the same level of assistance and your Tutor will ensure that you receive as much help as is required. We won’t just provide you with your course materials and leave you to get on with it; your course will be tailored to your needs. We have a resource bank full of useful aids and ideas to help you make the most of your studies and give you the best possible chance of success.

Please note A’ Levels are changing over the next few years, click here for more information.

This A' Level Psychology course forms part of the new linear qualifications. This means that students will sit exams for their particular qualification at the end of the completed course in the June series.

AS levels will become decoupled from A' Levels; this means that they will both become entirely separate qualifications. You will no longer be able to carry forward your AS qualification to the A' Level qualification and you will sit either AS or A' Level exams.

What can you do with A' Level Psychology

Students in the past have progressed onto the following degree courses:-

  • Psychology
  • English studies
  • Sociology
  • Business studies
  • Teaching
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Law.

Studying A' Level Psychology at University gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:-

  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Accountancy
  • Human resources
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Nursing
  • Teaching.
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Modules

AS Level

Papers 1 and 2 will cover the following content:-

Types of conformity
Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo
Explanations for obedience
Explanations of resistance to social influence, including social support and locus of control
Minority influence including reference to consistency, commitment and flexibility
The role of social influence processes in social change.
The multi-store model of memory
Types of long-term memory
The working memory model
Explanations for forgetting
Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony
Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, including the use of the cognitive interview.
Caregiver-infant interactions in humans
Animal studies of attachment
Explanations of attachment
Ainsworth’s ‘Strange Situation’
Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation
The influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, including the role of an internal working model.
Learning approaches
The cognitive approach
The biological approach
Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health.
The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias
The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression
The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD.
Experimental method. Types of experiment, laboratory and field experiments; natural and quasi-experiments
Observational techniques
Self-report techniques
Correlations.

AS level consists of two 1 hour 30 minute examinations each totalling 50% of the overall AS Level grade.

Full A' Level

All three papers will cover content from the list below:-

Types of conformity
Conformity to social roles as investigated by Zimbardo
Explanations for obedience
Explanations of resistance to social influence, including social support and locus of control
Minority influence including reference to consistency, commitment and flexibility
The role of social influence processes in social change.
The multi-store model of memory
Types of long-term memory
The working memory model
Explanations for forgetting
Factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony
Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, including the use of the cognitive interview.
Caregiver-infant interactions in humans
Animal studies of attachment
Explanations of attachment
Ainsworth’s ‘Strange Situation’
Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation
The influence of early attachment on childhood and adult relationships, including the role of an internal working model.
Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health.
The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias
The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression
The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD.
Learning approaches
The cognitive approach
The biological approach
The psychodynamic approach
Humanistic Psychology
Comparison of approaches.
The divisions of the nervous system
The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons. The process of synaptic transmission, including reference to neurotransmitters, excitation and inhibition.
The function of the endocrine system: glands and hormones
The fight or flight response including the role of adrenaline
Localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation
Ways of studying the brain
Biological rhythms.
Experimental methods
Observational techniques
Self-report techniques
Correlations
Content analysis
Case studies
Scientific processes
Data handling and analysis
Inferential testing.
Gender and culture in Psychology
Free will and determinism
The nature-nurture debate
Holism and reductionism
Idiographic and nomothetic approaches to psychological investigation
Ethical implications of research studies and theory, including reference to social sensitivity.
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development, including the zone of proximal development and scaffolding
Baillargeon’s explanation of early infant abilities, including knowledge of the physical world
The development of social cognition.
Explanations for food preferences
Neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the control of eating behaviour, including the role of the hypothalamus, ghrelin and leptin
Biological explanations for anorexia nervosa, including genetic and neural explanations
Psychological explanations for anorexia nervosa
Biological explanations for obesity, including genetic and neural explanations
Psychological explanations for obesity, including restraint theory, disinhibition and the boundary model.
Describing addiction
Risk factors in the development of addiction, including genetic vulnerability, stress, personality, family influences and peers
Explanations for nicotine addiction
Explanations for gambling addiction
Reducing addiction
The application of the following theories of behaviour change to addictive behaviour; the theory of planned behaviour and Prochaska’s six-stage model of behaviour change.

Previous Knowledge Required

It is recommended that students should be educated to GCSE Grade C or equivalent and have a reasonable standard of literacy. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

Support

You will have dedicated Tutor Support for 24 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. You must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.

Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to quizzes to help you gauge your progress.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations/practicals at an AQA approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.


Course

Payment Method

Initial Payment

Monthly Instalment

Total Payable

Full A' Level

Pay in Full

£295.00

Nil

£295.00

Full A' Level

Instalment Option

£115.00

£60.00 x 4 months

£355.00

AS Level

Pay in Full

£249.00

Nil

£249.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.

Awarding Organisation

AQA - The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance

The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) is the largest of the Unitary Awarding Bodies in the UK. AQA offers a range of qualifications and services, including GCSE, GCE, GNVQ, VCE and Entry Level. AQA's primary purpose is to ensure that students’ attainments are supported by best assessment practice and that their grades are a reliable statement of their achievement.

Specification code

A' Level Psychology AQA: 7182
AS Level Psychology AQA: 7181




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