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Outstanding Assessment, Marking and Feedback in AQA A-Level Sociology

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This new course for all teachers of AQA A-Level Sociology will explore how you can turn the lessons to be learnt from the 2023 series into an opportunity for positive change moving forward. This interactive course will support and challenge teachers in equal measures. You will leave with a through overview of the main lessons to be learnt from the 2023 examinations and a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches to prepare students to maximise their potential in 2024. Particular emphasis will be made on the demands that were not met as well as they could have been and the implications this has for A-Level teaching and learning


  • Understand the main lessons to be learnt from the 2023 examinations
  • Gain an informed overview of key areas of concern
  • Learn new and innovative  ways to deliver areas that target the areas of concern
  • Experience and try out novel pedagogy
  • Produce a strategic approach to maximise student success in 2024


Ensuring that you Assess Students’ Work in a Reliably and Time-Effective Manner

10.00 – 10.50am
  •  Understanding the different requirements and demands of the 3 exam papers
  • Exploring the finer details of mark-schemes to know how marks are gained and lost
  • Understanding how to use the Principal Examiner’s report to help future students – avoiding common errors and following the advice
  • The importance of the ‘student learning outcomes’ stated in the specification and the implications for teaching and learning

Morning Break

10.50 – 11.10am

Effective Assessment and Feedback to Students on Paper 1 Topics and Questions

11.10 – 12.00pm
  • The most common student misconceptions of the paper 1 topics and how to challenge and eradicate these
  • Using the AQA guidance provided in the Paper 1 reports to improve students’ performance
  • Recommended teaching and learning strategies for the trickiest topics in Paper 1
  • Resources and assessment methods that have been found to improve students’ understanding and performance in answering questions on the Paper 1 topics

Paper 2 Topics and Questions: Enhancing Assessment and Providing Feedback to Students

12.00 – 12.50pm
  • Using insights offered in the Paper 2 reports to enhance students’ overall performance.
  • Identifying student misconceptions related to Paper 2 topics and implementing strategies to address and eliminate these misconceptions
  • Exploring teaching and learning methodologies tailored for the most challenging Paper 2 topics.
  • Highlighting valuable resources and assessment approaches that have demonstrated success in enhancing students’ comprehension and proficiency in addressing questions related to Paper 2 topics.


12.50 – 1.50pm

Effective assessment and feedback to students on the Paper 3 requirements

2.00 – 2.45pm
  •  The most difficult part of paper 3: where most of the marks are lost
  • Recommended teaching and learning strategies for improving students’ skills
  • What were the examiners looking for in top level extended answers

Afternoon Break

2.40 – 2.45pm

Improving students’ revision and exam technique

2.45 – 3.30pm
  •  The most reliable revision methods for students Getting the most from AQA past-papers and mark-schemes
  • Detailed guidance on students’ examination technique and to persuade them to follow these





London | Tuesday 07 November 2023
London | Wednesday 28 February 2024

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London | Tuesday 07 November 2023
London | Wednesday 28 February 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.


To Be Confirmed


  • All teachers of AQA A-Level Sociology
  • Curriculum Leaders of Sociology
  • Teachers who are new to teaching A-level Sociology


  • 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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