Psychology A level distance learning course

dictionary definition of psychology - psychology A level

Psychology A level – a brief introduction

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.

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.

AS level Content

  1. Introduction
  2. Social Influence
  3. Memory
  4. Attachment
  5. Psychopathology
  6. Understanding Research
  7. Approaches In Psychology


Additional A level content

  1. Biopsychology
  2. Cognition & Development
  3. Schizophrenia
  4. Aggression
  5. Advanced Research Methods
  6. Issues And Debates In Psychology
  7. Revision And Recap

  • The AS is assessed by two one hour thirty Minute examinations, each worth 50% of the available marks.
  • The A level is assessed by three two hour examinations, each worth 33.33% of the available marks


Students will need to have a minimum of four GCSEs or equivalent.  The course contains elements where a good grounding in Maths GCSE is be advantageous.


Supporting Resources

What our students think…

I wanted to apply for a masters degree and the University suggested I take an A level qualification. I found Oxford Open Learning and felt confident that they would support me. Balancing my study with part time work and caring for my children wasn’t easy, but having a supportive tutor and setting regular deadlines helped me get through the course in time. When the results came out and I’d done very well it really boosted my confidence and I felt a real sense of achievement. I am now 6 months into my MSC at University College and looking forward to a new career as a Speech and Language Therapist.

Susan Hayward, Psychology A level, Grade A

Sarah Hayward, Oxford Open Learning Psychology Student

Stay Connected