This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching AQA A Level sociology, be they new to teaching or a non-specialist just picking up sociology for the first time. This course will focus on the mandatory topics of Theory and Methods, Education and Crime and Deviance, exploring strategies on how to deliver the content, what to emphasise, how to prepare students for required standards and being clear on how to raise student attainment.


  • Provide teachers of AQA A Level Sociology the materials and confidence to teach the course to the appropriate level.
  • Explore planning strategies and breaking down the content.
  • Develop and explore teaching and learning strategies to use in the classroom.
  • Gain insight into the rigors of the examination and what is required to reach high grades.
  • Develop strategies for assessment and effective feedback to manage workload.
COURSE DATE Online | Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Teachers of Sociology
  • Heads of Sociology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 10.45: Introduction to A Level Sociology and the challenges it poses.

  • Hitting the ground running in September – Introducing Sociology to new students who have never done it before.
  • Planning your programme; sequencing your programme of study key elements to consider
  • Auditing your own knowledge to identify your own gaps and how to address them, links to resources and support

10:45 – 11.00: Break and Discussion time

11.00 – 12.30:     Teaching strategies for the core topics

Run through key challenges and strategies to overcome them, including how to balance your time and focus on.

  • Theory and Methods
    • Postmodernism
    • Sociology as a science
    • Social Action Theories / Interactionism
  • Education
    • Education Policies
    • Ethnicity and Educational Achievement.
  • Crime and Deviance
    • Ethnicity and Crime
    • Globalisation and Crime
  • Developing a tool kit of tasks and activities to support learning and develop key skills that can be implemented immediately.

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch  

1.30 – 2.30pm Understanding the examination and what is required.

  • Understanding the mark schemes.
  • What lessons can we learn from the Exam board / Examiner reports.
  • Common mistakes that students make and how to address them.
  • Focus on the 20- and 30-mark questions, specifically how to plan them and sign post the assessment objectives to the examiner.
  • Breaking down and scaffolding the Methods in context question.
  • How to use example answers to demonstrate structure and signpost assessment objectives.

2.30 – 2.45: Afternoon Break

2.45 – 3.45pm:   Assessment and Feedback to support students and manage workload.

  • Planning your assessments and the use of retrieval quizzes and knowledge tests.
  • Marking systems to manage workload.
  • Feedback systems that focus on improvement rather than grades.
  • Effective use of peer/self assessment.

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Kim Constable

Kim is a teacher at Wymondham College in Norfolk, which is a state boarding school catering to a wide range of students both locally, nationally, and internationally. She trained in PSHE and Citizenship but has taught AQA A Level Sociology for over 10 years in the UK and in Europe, with 100% A* – D results under the new specification. She shares her resources as Hectic Teacher on twitter and on her website “The Hectic Teacher’s A Level Sociology Support Site”. She has also been providing student workshops on examination technique for the past 2 years.