This course will provide strategies and teaching methods for OCR A Level Sociology which will ensure that high quality students do achieve the best grades. The course will examine teaching and learning ideas that create high level thinking and independent learners, as well as key issues and areas in the examination answers which differentiate the very highest grades. Delegates will have the opportunity to focus specifically on how to teach to ensure high numbers of top grades for OCR A level Sociology.


  • This course is run by an outstanding classroom teacher with over 20 years’ experience in teaching Sociology A Level at the highest level
  • You will have the chance to focus on designing or reconfiguring your course to move towards greater challenge at the top end, benefiting all students, especially those with top grade potential
  • The course will focus on practical classroom applications to take away so that you can ensure your teaching is demanding, engaging, focussed and fun
  • An emphasis on making your assessment more effective and focussed so that you and your students both know exactly what they need to do to improve at all times
  • This course will include practical activities, video clips and resource advice to exemplify points made in an engaging way
  • All teachers of OCR A Level Sociology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 11.10am
Planning for Top Grades

  • Re-planning Schemes of Work to ensure high level thinking and learning
  • Setting valuable homework tasks to stretch and challenge A / A* students
  • Successful assessment and student feedback – methods and techniques to maintain student performance at the highest level throughout the A level
  • Evaluating the quality of Resources and how best to utilise them to stretch top level students
  • 2018 exam feedback – where students gained and lost marks in the OCR Sociology exams and how we can build that information into teaching in a powerful way

11.10 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Unit 1 – getting the very best out of students

Section A

  • Defining, explaining and exemplifying key concepts in a sophisticated manner
  • Using sources – how to get full marks on these questions
  • Essay planning/writing in unit 1 – skills we can teach to ensure students write more skillfully

Section B

  • Top end resources and extension material that promotes and maintains high level thinking and learning
  • How to differentiate for the top end in mixed ability classes

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Developing higher level skills in Unit 2

Section A

  • Methodology focus – strategies for making the teaching more theoretical, to encourage stronger A level answers
  • Using key methodology concepts – higher end concepts
  • Using student research projects to teach methods in depth

Section B – example answers and teaching techniques across the course, to enable students to produce excellent answers when:

  • Expanding evidence (20 mark question)
  • Using big theories (40 mark question)

2.30 – 3.30pm
Achieving Top Marks in Unit 3

Section A

  • Resourcing globalisation using sociological evidence and theory

Section B

  • Writing top level introductions
  • Writing top level conclusions
  • Strategies for teaching these skills and maintaining student progress

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary and close

Lesley Clark

Lesley is a highly experienced teacher who works in a very successful Sociology department in a leading sixth form college. She has extensive departmental management experience and is an experienced national presenter for Sociology.

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