A2 in Psychology 2181


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A2 in Psychology 2181

Please note that the last date for exams for this course will be May/June 2016.

Oxford College is pleased to offer the AQA A Level in Psychology. This course follows the AQA Psychology A pathway of the specification which involves no coursework.

This Psychology course has been designed to provide learners with a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science,

The course offers modern overview of the popular areas of study of Psychology and emphasises the application of knowledge and understanding of key issues relating to the theory and practise of psychology rather than just acquiring knowledge.

At A2, there is a range of topic-based options which brings together explanations from different approaches and encourages learners to engage in issues and debates of contemporary psychology.

This A2 course consists of two units:

  • Unit 3 – PSYA3: Topics in Psychology
  • Unit 4 – PSYA4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

The study of Psychology is highly respected and will help you to;

  • To gain knowledge and understanding of theory and practice of psychology through direct study of case studies.
  • To encourage and develop an enthusiasm for psychology.
  • To give candidates the chance to form their own personal responses to issues relating to psychology and its’ application.

Unit 3 – PSYA3: Topics in Psychology

In this first unit of the A2 level of the qualification. You will be investigating and practicing skills of analysis and evaluation expected in relation to three of the following topics covered in this course;

  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Intelligence and learning
  • Cognition and development

For each of these areas you will develop your knowledge, understanding as well as the skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to relevant theories, explanations and studies in each the topics studied.

In particular you will investigate the major approaches in psychology (cognitive, biological, behavioural and psychodynamic) through the study of the topics covered and develop an appreciation of some of the issues and debates relevant to each topic studied.

Unit 4 – PSYA4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

In this final unit of the course you will develop your knowledge and understanding of theories and studies relevant to the content for each area of psychology in this unit.

This unit is divided into three sections;


In this section of the unit you will develop knowledge and understanding of one of the following disorders:

  • schizophrenia
  • depression
  • phobic disorders
  • obsessive compulsive disorder

You will apply your knowledge and understanding of models, classification and diagnosis to your own chosen disorder.

Psychology in Action

In this section of the unit you will select one contemporary application of psychology and in investigate this area in detail.

You will be expected to develop your knowledge, understanding and critical thinking in relation to one of the following contemporary applications of psychology;

  • media psychology
  • the psychology of addictive behaviour
  • anomalistic psychology

By investigating one of these areas the unit will help you to develop an appreciation of the relationship between research, policy and practices in applying psychology in everyday life.

Psychological Research and Scientific Method

In this section you will be expected to extend your knowledge, understanding and skills of research design, data analysis, and data interpretation and reporting gained at AS Level and develop an understanding of the nature of science and scientific method.

The format of the Examinations

PLEASE NOTE: All exams will be held during the May - June exam period.
A2 Units PYSA3 and PYSA4

Each unit is worth 25% of the total marks available for the A2 GCE. The papers are between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

Unit PYSA3

Three essay-style questions chosen from eight topics:

  1. Biological rhythms and sleep
  2. Perception
  3. Relationships
  4. Aggression
  5. Eating behaviour
  6. Gender
  7. Intelligence and learning
  8. Cognition and development

QWC will be assessed in each essay

Unit PYSA4

Three sections:

Psychopathology: One essay-style question chosen from four.

QWC will be assessed in this essay.

Psychology in Action: One question chosen from three.

Research Methods: One compulsory structured question


What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

Materials and support provided by Oxford Learning. Oxford Learning


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