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A level Psychology Distance Learning Course

Psychology A level course

Course Overview

Psychology A level includes two major components – AS level and A2 level. AS level is a qualification in its own right and may be studied for on a one-year distance learning course.

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.

The AS level includes eight Tutor-marked Assignments (known as TMAs). The A2 course has a further six TMAs.

The Psychology A level course covers the syllabus in two modules, reflecting the new AQA 2185B specification examined in 2015 and later years. There is also guidance on carrying out practical investigations and psychological methods.

The aims of the course are to introduce candidates to the basic theories and research methods in psychology.

Course Content

AS level

  • Biopsychology, Research and Gender
  • Social and Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Practical Investigations

A2 level

  • Child Development and Applied Psychology options
  • Perspectives, Methods and Debates
  • Practical Investigations and Revision


The Psychology A level course prepares students for the AQA Psychology AS level syllabus 1186 (Specification B). Most candidates will then study the AQA Psychology A2 specification 2186.  The full Advanced level qualification comprises AS and A2. The overall syllabus code is 2185. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the most suited to distance learning.


Assessment at AS level is by two written papers of 1 hour 30 minutes, each contributing 25% of the final mark. Assessment at A2 level is by two further written papers.

There is no coursework for this specification.  However there is still  a requirement that students studying a Psychology A level course should develop their practical skills in practice as well as theory.  The practical section at the end of the AS and A2 level courses is designed to enable the student to develop specific research projects.  It is advised that all Psychology A level students tackle at least one research project.


It is expected that students embarking on a Psychology A level course will have at least four GCSE or IGCSE passes at grade C and above including Maths GCSE or Maths IGCSE.  If you are in any doubt as to whether you are ready to start a particular course of study, please contact one of our Student Advisers on 0800 9 75 75 75.

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The Psychology A level distance learning course is supported by the following texts.

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Download and view a Sample Lesson to our Psychology A level course

Download and view a copy of the AQA Syllabus for Psychology A level