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AQA A-Level Sociology: Raising the Attainment of Weaker Students

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This new course is designed for all teachers of AQA A Level Sociology, this course will present strategies, resources and techniques to raise attainment levels of weaker A Level Sociology students, and build their confidence without sacrificing academic rigour or ambition. Teachers will leave with a number of practical ideas, approaches, methods and also exam techniques that can be immediately implemented with weaker students back in school.


  • Take away practical templates to raise attainment of weaker A Level students
  • Explore and take away practical strategies, ideas and inspiration to motivate and inspire weaker students to perform to their fullest potential in exams
  • Gain teaching activities which develop the key sociological skills and recall of knowledge necessary
  • Develop ways to support weaker students to access the course content
  • Gain a range of exam techniques, tactics, and revision techniques specifically tailored to the weaker student


Meeting the Needs of weaker A Level Sociology Students to raise performance

10.00 – 11.00am
  • Meeting Strategies to build confidence in design and approach to assessment, testing and feedback
  • Effective use of metacognitive strategies and the benefits of setting aside deliberate time for metacognition discussion


Morning Break

11.00 – 11.20am

Key practical strategies, resources and activities for weaker students

11.20 – 12.30pm
  • Remembering content
  • Building terminology, Sociology language as a primary strategy to decrease stress
  • Ways to build Key Sociologists knowledge and understanding
  • Evaluation and application skills
  • Effective note taking strategies
  • Building Independent consolidation tasks
  • Practical strategies which most motivate and engage students to understand and apply the depth of knowledge required.
  • Developing a toolbox of activities which develop key skills and knowledge for the A Level Course.
  • Planning in phases and chunking knowledge.



12.30 – 1.30pm

Accessing the curriculum: Scaffolding strategies and retention of knowledge

1.30 – 2.15pm
  • Developing ways to support weaker students to access the course content – Scaffolding up.
  • Chunking content – using questions as a focus for students
  • Developing your range of practical scaffolding strategies
  • Using Knowledge organisers to support understanding and recall
  • Embedding retrieval practice into lessons.
  • The role of homework to reinforce learning.


Discussion and sharing of best practice and new ideas/coffee break

2.45 – 2.50pm

The Exams: A Repertoire of Exam Techniques for the Weaker Student

2.50 – 3.40pm
  • Techniques, resources, methods to apply with the weaker student that can be immediately used
  • Common mistakes which prevent weaker students from accessing middle and top band marks.
  • Focus on the 20- and 30-mark questions: Developing a chain of reasoning and sign posting the assessment objectives to the examiner.
  • Focus on Methods in Context: techniques for the weaker student to understanding how the structure is different to other essays and how to reach the top band of marks.





London | Friday 24 November 2023
London | Monday 11 March 2024

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London | Friday 24 November 2023
London | Monday 11 March 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Catherine Eariss


  • Teachers of AQA A Level Sociology
  • Heads of Department – Social Sciences / Sociology
  • Heads of Faculty – Social Sciences


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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