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  • The same AQA A Level qualification you’d get in school, all online
  • 4.8/5 Trustpilot rating from 4000+ independent reviews
  • Unlimited 1:1 support from your personal Psychology tutor
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own schedule
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your phone, tablet or laptop

Why is this course right for you?

Our uniquely flexible online Psychology course means that even if you’re working full-time or caring for family, you can fit learning around your busy life.

You’ll learn about a broad range of subjects, including social and cognitive psychology, child development, and the psychology that lies behind atypical behaviour.

As you discover how others think, you’ll also gain an insight into your own psyche and behavioural traits, which is a valuable asset in both your personal and working life.

Your A Level Psychology will be a stepping stone to further education, a fulfilling career – and a better future.Course Details

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Stephanie Sauvarin‘My tutor has been really great, responding quickly to every query I’ve sent with a full in-depth explanation of everything I’ve needed to know. I’m thinking about taking up another A Level with ICS Learn!’
– Stephanie Sauvarin

Geraldine Morgan‘I work full-time so I enjoy the flexibility and independence of learning outside the classroom. The tutors respond very quickly to any queries, and you can also connect with others studying the same subject which is really useful.’
– Geraldine Morgan

Abigail Robinson‘The course fits in very conveniently with the other 3 A Levels that I’m taking at sixth form. ICS Learn has not only helped with my academic confidence, it’s made me feel that I can achieve my dreams.’
– Abigail Robinson

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  • Get help from your personal Psychology tutor whenever you get stuck
  • Contact your tutor anytime online or arrange a phone call
  • All our tutors are qualified teachers and subject specialists
  • Complete marked mock exams to ensure you’re well-prepared for the real thing
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub

A Level FAQs

Why should I study with ICS Learn?

We’re the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible learning for 130 years.

Our Trustpilot rating is 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews.

We make it easy to shape learning around your life with our flexible schedule, unlimited tutor support, and interest-free payment plans.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of students like you get the A Levels they need to succeed.

Is this the same A Level qualification I’d get in school?

Yes, it’s exactly the same.

You’ll sit the same A Level Psychology exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

Your A Level will be accepted by universities, colleges and employers worldwide, exactly as if you’d studied in school or college.

Your qualification is accredited by AQA, the largest A Level awarding body. They set and mark the exams for around half of all A Levels taken in the UK each year.

When can I start my course?

Right away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol – you can begin your course at any time.

Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

What will I need to study this course?

We recommend you source the following textbooks:

  • AQA A-level Psychology Book 1, Jean-Marc Lawton, Eleanor Willard. Publisher: Hodder
  • AQA A-level Psychology Book 2, Jean-Marc Lawton, Eleanor Willard. Publisher: Hodder

How will I be supported?

As an ICS Learn student, you’ll always have a real person on hand to help you when you need it. From the moment you enrol, you’ll have:

  • Unlimited 1:1 support from your personal Psychology tutor, online or by phone
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Student forums so you can connect and share advice with other students
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

You’ll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • An elevator pitch builder
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up here

How do I book my exam?

Roughly 6 months before your chosen exam date, you should book your place at an exam centre to take the AQA Psychology A Level specification (7182) exam.

Your exam centre could be a school or college that’s also submitting its own students for the exam, or it could be a private exam centre. Our partner centre, Tutors & Exams, has five exam venues across England and offers various discounts to ICS Learn students. 

AQA publish a list of exam centres that may accept private candidates. This won’t cover every available centre, so if there’s nothing shown in your area, we recommend contacting local schools and colleges directly.

Please note that you can’t sit AQA A Level exams outside the UK.

Your exam fees aren’t included in the course cost as they’re paid directly to the exam centre. They’ll vary depending on which centre you choose.

How can I pay for my course?

If you’re funding the course yourself, our flexible 0% payment plans allow you to spread the cost with interest-free monthly instalments. We manage all our payment plans in-house, so there are no third parties or credit checks.

If your employer is funding all or part of your course, we can invoice them directly for your course fees – just let your course advisor know and we’ll arrange everything.

We also accept funding through ELCAS for this course. If you’re an Armed Forces member looking to use the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme, speak to our course advisors for more details.

How do I enrol?

If you’d like to pay in full, you can enrol online using the ‘Add to Basket’ button at the top of the page.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our A Level Advisors on 0330 311 4919.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

* Pass rate based on all ICS Learn A Level Psychology students’ results in 2021.

§ Access to the Career Hub is unlimited for as long as ICS Learn provides the Career Hub service.

A Level Psychology

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We have a 94% pass rate ** with our A Levels. Study A Level Psychology from home and earn up to 56 UCAS points.

  • Gain an official A Level Psychology qualification from AQA.
  • Achieve up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university.
  • Nationally recognised accredited A Level qualification that is the same course offered in schools and colleges.
  • No waiting around for term to start – you can enrol today and start studying as soon as you are ready.
  • Study this online A Level from home at your own pace.
  • Benefit from the full support of your personal tutor via email.
  • Choose to include exams and save up to £400*.
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During this A Level Psychology course, you’ll delve into psychological concepts such as types of conformity in social settings; the behavioural, emotional, and cognitive characteristics of phobia, depression and OCD; and the divisions of the nervous system. You will also have the chance to choose between three optional areas of study as detailed below to suit your areas of interest.

Depending on the path you hope to take after your studies, the A Levels we recommend that you study alongside this course are A Level SociologyA Level Business Studies, or A Level Philosophy.


As a subject, A Level Psychology feeds into many different areas and will come in useful for a wide variety of degrees including marketing, criminology, education, publishing, social sciences, and business, as well as specialist psychology degrees such as child psychology, clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and sport psychology.


You’ll gain valuable knowledge and skills during your studies that will come in useful for future careers in:

  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Psychologist
  • Counselling
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Media and broadcasting


This A Level Psychology course is exactly the same as an A Level you would study at school or college, meaning you will take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.


Up to two years.


A Level Psychology qualification from AQA.


We recommend having a grade 4/C or above in GCSE Psychology, however, this is not essential.


Three written exams.


AQA specification code: 7182

Compulsory topics

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology

Optional content – option 1

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development

Optional content – option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

Optional content – option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction


Course duration

You will have two years to complete your A Level Psychology course.

The only deadlines involved in studying this course are concerning the A Level exam timetables. Please see the exams and assessments section for more information on this.

Exams and assessments

To achieve your A Level Psychology qualification, you must complete the exams. There are three written exams for this course which will cover the topics studied on this course. A breakdown of the exam papers can be found in the following section.

When you enrol on your course, you will have the option to add your exams to your enrolment, or you can select the course-only option.

Choosing to add the exams package

If you choose to add your exams on to your enrolment, all you need to do is contact us when you are ready to sit your exams, we will book and pay for them on your behalf. Please note that the A Level exam timetable typically takes place during May and June each year. You are advised to contact us well in advance of when you intend to sit your exams so that we can confirm your place with the exam board – cut-off dates apply.

Please note, our A Level exam centre locations for this course are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots

The course only option

If you do not add your exams on to your enrolment, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams yourself. If you select this option, you must source and liaise with your chosen exam centre in order to book your exams, Open Study College will not be able to book your exams for you. In this instance, you are advised to contact AQA exam centres well in advance of their intended exam dates, as cut-off dates sometimes change.

Study method

This course will be studied entirely via distance learning, meaning you will complete your learning either from home or a place that suits you. Full tutor support will be available via email, so if you have any questions or need some guidance, your tutor will be here to help. Your course materials will include a series of self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked questions to allow both yourself and your tutor to monitor your progress.

The study method you choose depends on your personal learning style. Your options are:

  • Study pack: if you choose the study pack option, you will be sent a set of printed course materials.
  • Study online: if you choose this option, you will be sent your login details to our online portal through which you will access your course materials digitally. You can access your course via a desktop/laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of your exams, you will be awarded an A Level Psychology qualification issued by AQA. You will also receive UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to support your university application.

Thinking of Going to University?

The final grade you achieve in your A Level will be translated into UCAS points. Based on your grade, you will be awarded up to 56 points per A Level which can then be added together to reach the UCAS points you need to be accepted by your chosen university.

To help you achieve the best possible grade from home, we recommend that you complete the tutor-marked assessments included in your course materials. These are designed to provide you with detailed feedback to help you fine-tune your technique before you sit your exam. Completing your tutor-marked assessments will also help your tutor to provide you with a predicted grade if this is required for your UCAS application.

Download our A Level prospectus

To find out more about Open Study College, the A Levels we offer and how they work, download our A Level prospectus.


Paper 1

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: two hours
  • Weighting: 33.3% of A Level
  • Total marks: 96
  • Assessed: content from the following topics – social influence, memory, attachment, and psychopathology
  • Assessment format: a mixture of multiple-choice, short answer, and extended writing

Paper 2

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: two hours
  • Weighting: 33.3% of A Level
  • Total marks: 96
  • Assessed: content from the following topics: approaches in psychology, biopsychology, and research methods.
  • Assessment format: a mixture of short and long answer questions and multiple-choice questions

Paper 3

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: two hours
  • Weighting: 33.3% of A Level
  • Total marks: 96
  • Assessed: content from the issues and debates in psychology topic as well as content from your chosen optional topic.
  • Assessment format: a mixture of short and long answer questions and multiple-choice questions


Is this A Level the same qualification as an A Level I would achieve at a school or college?

Yes – you will study the same course, take the same exams and get the same qualification. The only difference is that our courses are designed to be studied from home at your own pace, and you will receive full tutor support via email.

What previous knowledge do I need to enrol onto an A Level course?

We recommend that you have at least a grade 4 (equivalent to a grade C) in GCSE Psychology, however this is not essential to study this course.

What is included in the cost of the course?

When you enrol on this A Level course with OSC, you will receive:

  • Dedicated personal tutor support with unlimited email access.
  • Dedicated student support from our student services team.
  • Course materials with learning activities.
  • Assignment marking and feedback from your personal tutor.
  • A predicted grade on completion of your tutor-marked assignments, if required for your university application.
  • A free CV critique service and employability guide if you’re focusing on career advancement.
  • A free Student Discounts membership to save you money on your favourite brands.
  • A study pack including a pen, study planner, and notebook*.
  • If you choose to add exams to your enrolment with an A Level package, then your exam fees will be included. We will also handle the booking on your behalf. Otherwise, you will need to book your exams yourself.

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

There is no required reading for this A Level, however, you will need to conduct your own research using the internet during your studies.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, in order to achieve your A Level qualification, you must complete the exams required by the course’s exam board. A Level exams take place during the summer exam period which typically falls in May and June each year.

You can choose to add your exams to your enrolment with us, in which case we will book and pay for your exams for you when you are ready. Alternatively, if you choose the course-only option, you will be responsible for booking and paying for your exams which can be done directly with your local exam centre.

Please note: if you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Coventry, Doncaster, Bolton, Wimbledon, Taunton, or St Neots examination centre.

Are there any additional costs?

If you select the course-only option when enrolling on your A Level, you will need to book directly with the exam centre and pay for your exams yourself. We highly recommend researching your options before enrolling as costs can vary between centres. However, if you choose to add the exams package to your enrolment, we will take care of booking and paying for your exams for you when you are ready.

You may want to purchase textbooks to supplement your course, but this is entirely optional.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study our A Level courses abroad, however, you must sit your exams within the UK at an official exam centre.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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