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Psychology A Level

AQA

A level Psychology

Explore thought-provoking topics and develop the scientific skills required to investigate and analyse the complexities of human behaviour in our A level psychology online course.

What really makes people tick? What factors affect mood and behaviour? If human behaviour interests you, studying A level psychology online with NEC will open up some fascinating answers!

By studying psychology at A level, you’ll hone your analytical and organisational skills by learning and exploring different conditions, situations and theories – for example how to collect and process data, as well as using many other essential scientific research methods.

This intriguing subject is taught through a variety of topics including memory, early cognitive development in children, schizophrenia and depression.  Choosing this course opens up opportunities to become more employable and highly-skilled, as well as informing how you currently view and understand society and the people who make it up.

Why study Psychology?

Why do people develop schizophrenia? How can the media play a part in human aggression? Psychology A level explores big ideas and topics that affect human moods and behaviour.

Covering all six of the discipline’s core areas, there is plenty for you to learn and absorb in Psychology A level online with NEC. The course enables you to combine research and analytical tools, with an ability to become a better communicator.

Studying  A level Psychology online with NEC is ideal if you:

  • Are interested in finding out how, and why, we behave as we do.
  • Would like to increase your skill set – particularly in the areas of analytical research, team working, communication skills, handling data, statistics and problem solving.
  • Want to learn more about research methods and how they can be utilised.
  • Aspire to progressing in a relevant career or higher education.

Future opportunities

  • Studying other sciences, or psychology, at degree level.
  • A range of careers in fields such as psychology (occupational, clinical, health, educational or high-intensity psychologist roles), advertising, psychotherapy, counselling, consultancy and advice work.

Course content

Section 1: Approaching psychology

  • Introduction to psychology and its origins
  • Learning and cognitive approaches
  • The biological approach and biopsychology

Section 2: Memory

  • Multi-store model of memory
  • Working memory model
  • Explanations for forgetting
  • Eyewitness testimony

Section 3: Social influence: conformity and obedience

  • Conformity
  • Obedience
  • Resistance to social influence
  • Minority influence and social change

Section 4: Developmental psychology: attachment

  • Development of attachment
  • Explanations of attachment
  • Types of attachment
  • Maternal deprivation

Section 5: Psychopathology

  • Definitions of abnormality
  • Phobias, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • The behavioural approach to phobias
  • The cognitive approach to depression
  • The biological approach to OCD

Section 6: Research methods

  • Research methods
  • Scientific processes
  • Data analysis and presentation
  • Maths resources

Section 7: Approaches and debates

  • The psychodynamic approach
  • The humanistic approach
  • Further biopsychology
  • Gender and culture in psychology
  • Free will and determinism
  • The nature–nuture debate
  • Holism and reductionism
  • Idiopathic and nomothetic approaches
  • Ethical implications of research studies
  • Comparing approaches

Section 8: Schizophrenia

  • Classifying schizophrenia
  • Explanations for schizophrenia
  • Therapies for schizophrenia
  • The interactionist approach

Section 9: Cognition and development

  • Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
  • Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development
  • Baillargeon and early infant abilities
  • The development of social cognition

Section 10: Aggression and further research methods

  • Biopsychological explanations of aggression
  • Ethological and evolutionary explanations of aggression
  • Social explanations for human aggression
  • Institutional aggression
  • Media influences on aggression
  • Psychology as a science
  • Inferential testing
  • Choosing a statistical test

Study A level Psychology with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students

learn@nec

Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Amanda who is just one of our first-class psychology tutors:

“I have a degree in psychology from Lancaster University and am a qualified teacher, an examiner for AQA and a moderator for the International Baccalaureate. I have worked as head of department in a large comprehensive and have also taught psychology to adult learners in further education colleges and for the Open University. I enjoy the challenge of tutoring NEC’s keen and motivated students through distance learning and using technology to help them learn. My interests are wide-ranging and include walking, history and European travel. My son and daughter are both grown up and studying at the same university.

At a glance

Exam board

  • AQA 7182

Format

  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Hours

  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 250-300* hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.

Assignments

  • 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade

Resources

  • Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course:
    • AQA A level Psychology Book 1, Jean-Marc Lawton and Eleanor Willard, Hodder Education, 2015
    • AQA A level Psychology Book 2, Jean-Marc Lawton and Eleanor Willard, Hodder Education, 2015

Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • Free e-book version of the essential textbooks
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Academic references if needed

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking
  • Revision tutorial
  • Optional tutorial
  • Additional review

Exams and assessment

Exams (three):

  • 33.3% of marks  (2 hours)
  • 33.3% of marks  (2 hours)
  • 33.3% of marks  (2 hours)

There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Parent Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
  • Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.