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  • A-Level Psychology (Last Exam 2016)

    Psychology explores the workings of the human mind, an engaging subject that can offer fascinating insights. If you are interested in why people do what they do and what motivates them, then this is the course for you.

    • Course Description

      A Level Psychology

      Course code: HSAL11

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 12 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Psychology

      Awarding body: AQA

      Psychology explores the workings of the human mind, an engaging subject that can offer fascinating insights. If you are interested in why people do what they do and what motivates them, then this is the course for you.

      You’ll cover cognitive psychology as well as social and biological psychology, exploring subjects like sleep states, aggression and moral understanding.

      A Level Psychology is an ideal choice for those wanting to go onto further study in this area, or those with a strong interest in the subject.

    • Psychology course overview

      During this A Level Psychology course you will explore contemporary psychological subjects like memory, attachment, stress sleep and celebrity. You will also cover more traditional subjects like psychopathology, specialising in schizophrenia. This course will develop your critical reasoning and evaluative thought, as well as providing solid foundation for university study.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level Psychology.

      Skills gained

      • Engaging with both contemporary and classical psychology.
      • Understanding this demanding subject in context.
      • Applying the scientific methodology in psychology.
      • Developing critical thinking skills.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: PSYA 1 Cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and research methods.

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 2: PSYA 2 Biological psychology, social psychology and individual differences

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: PSYA 3 Topics in psychology

      Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

      Unit 4: PSYA 4 Psychopathology, psychology in action and research methods

      Written examination: 2 hours

      Course content

      Unit 1: Cognitive psychology, developmental psychology and research methods

      Module 1: Models of memory

      Module 2: Memory in everyday life

      Module 3: Attachment

      Module 4: Attachment in everyday life

      Module 5: Methods and techniques

      Module 6: Investigation design

      Module 7: Data analysis and presentation

      Unit 2: Biological psychology, social psychology and individual differences

      Module 1: Stress as a bodily response

      Module 2: Stress in everyday life

      Module 3: Social influence

      Module 4: Social influence in everyday life

      Module 5: Defining and explaining psychological abnormality

      Module 6: Treating abnormality

      Unit 3: Topics in psychology

      Module 1: Biological rhythms

      Module 2: Sleep states

      Module 3: Disorders of sleep

      Module 4: Social psychological approaches on aggression

      Module 5: Biological aggression

      Module 6: Aggression as an adaptive response

      Module 7: Development of thinking

      Module 8: Development of moral understanding

      Module 9: Development of social cognition

      Unit 4: Psychopathology, psychology in action and research methods

      Module 1: Psychopathology

      Module 2: Schizophrenia

      Module 3: Media influence on social behaviour

      Module 4: Persuasion, attitude and change

      Module 5: The psychology of celebrity

      Module 6: The application of the scientific method

      Module 7: Designing psychological investigations

      Module 8: Data analysis and reporting on investigations

      Recommended reading

      AQA Psychology A AS

      Jane Wilson, Nelson Thornes

      ISBN: 978-0748798230

      AQA Psychology A A2: Student’s Book

      James Bailey, Nelson Thornes

      ISBN: 978-0748798254

      Assessment

      The AQA A Level Psychology qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework. The two exams make up the AS Level, the next two exams comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months.However the last exam for this course is in 2016.

      They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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