Psychology is offered at Hayes School for Key Stage Five students. The course is linear in nature which means that students will sit their final examinations at the end of year 13.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or above in English and Maths and ideally a 5/5 in Double Science or a 5 in Biology.

Why study Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists develop explanations and theories to help them to predict people’s behaviour in different situations. These theories or explanations are tested by psychologists using research studies. You will learn to develop a keen grasp for the scientific nature of psychological research, including how it should be conducted, analysed and reported.

Studying psychology will help you to develop a better understanding of why people think and behave as they do; from understanding the everyday choices that they make to analysing truly disturbing criminal acts of aggression. You will begin to appreciate some of the difficulties with being able to identify and treat abnormal behaviour covering a range of mental health problems, from phobias to depression.

Summary of Curriculum

Year 1

You will sit 2 internal exams at the end of year 12, both of which will be 1.30 hours and will be combined to produce a final grade for Year 12. This is a stand-alone qualification. The exams will be written with a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions, up to 12-mark answers.
In year 12, candidates develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology. Through a range of topics, chosen for their accessibility and popularity: Introductory topics in psychology: In this module, we look at three areas of psychology: Social influence, Memory and Attachment. Psychology in context: In this module, we look at three areas of psychology: Approaches in psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

Year 2: Completion of the full A Level course (Year13):

For the full A Level in psychology, sat at the end of year 13, students will sit 3 exams, each for 2 hours and each worth 33.3% of the final grade. These will be written exams with a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

At A level, the specification offers a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology.

Paper 1 - Introductory topics in psychology: Students will be assessed on Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Paper 2 - Psychology in context: Students will be assessed on Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods.

Paper 3 - Issues and options in psychology: In this paper you will be assessed on issues and Debates in psychology and optional content, you will study in depth one option from these three areas: Currently we teach Relationships, Stress and Forensic Psychology as the options at Hayes School. 

Typical Development – Relationships / gender / cognitive development.
Atypical development – Stress / eating behaviour / Schizophrenia
Anti-social behaviour – Aggression / forensic psychology / addiction.

FYI: The decision has been made to replace the current option of “Schizophrenia” with the option of “Stress” for all year 13 students from September 2021 onwards. This will allow better links to the Paper One and Two topics, as well as a more contextualized application of the possible causes of stress and the possibilities for coping with and managing stress; all increasingly relevant topics in today’s society.

Introduction to Department Staff

Psychology is taught by subject specialists:

Head of Psychology: Miss K Dike-Oduah, BSc, PGCE, QTLS, MA.

Miss Dike-Oduah (also known as Miss Kay) graduated with a BSc Psychology degree from the University of Surrey; she gained her PGCE at UCL Institute of Education, where she also completed her master’s degree in Educational Assessment. She is currently completing her doctorate in education (EdD) at UCL Institute of Education; the World’s number 1 university for education. Miss Dike-Oduah is a leader in education as her experience ranges from being a Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Psychology and Lead Practitioner.

Lead Teacher & Teacher of Psychology: Miss N Smith, BSc, PGCE, QTS.

Miss Smith, graduated with a BSc Psychology degree from the University of Plymouth. She joined Hayes in 2006 and is a Lead Teacher with a focus on developing teaching and learning within Hayes. Miss Smith is an Accredited Coach and a Specialist Leader in Education.

Aims of the course

The intent for the Psychology curriculum is to ensure that our young psychologists are equipped with the necessary scientific knowledge, skills and vocabulary to develop a better understanding of themselves and the wider world. The psychology curriculum will enable our learners to value the importance of Psychological research and will promote an awe-driven curiosity of the human body and mind. 

This course is designed to:


Psychology is most useful in careers that deal with people (e.g. general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse, lawyer, manager, teacher, etc.). Psychologists work in a variety of sectors such as health care, education, legal, civil servant, forensics and businesses.

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