Strategies to enable teachers to reinforce the knowledge and understanding of theories throughout the A level Sociology programme. Strategies to support students build confidence in their knowledge of theoretical perspectives and how to use them evaluatively. Advice on guidance on theory and methods questions on Paper 1 and paper 3 from an examiners perspective.


  • Outline of the main perspectives in sociology – understanding what students need to know
  • Strategies for delivering perspectives within substantive topics to build confidence in the use of perspectives
  • Advice and guidance on preparing students for theory and methods questions
COURSE DATE London | Wednesday 8 December 2021
  • Teachers of A level Psychology
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Social Science
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 – 10.15am
Welcome and Introduction

  • Identifying the sticking points for lower ability students

10.15 – 12.00pm
Outline of the key perspectives in Sociology – priorities and emphasis

  • Clear summaries of the main features of each perspective
  • Key terms that should be introduced when discussing each perspective
  • How each perspective can be applied to substantive topics

12.00 – 1.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.00 – 2.00pm
Delivering perspectives through substantive topics

  • Start with the basics – Theories as ways of seeing the world. Theories in everyday life. What are the key theoretical debates? How do different sociologists view the world differently
  • Application to enable understanding
  • Focusing on the perspective – Strategies to enable students to use existing knowledge of substantive topics to understand the key theoretical perspectives and debates
  • Scaffolding learning to develop deeper understanding – Strategies to encourage students to use their knowledge of perspectives to analyse social issues and debates – taking theoretical debate to wider society

2.00 – 2.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

2.15 – 3.15pm
How to prepare students for theory & methods question

  • How to include material from substantive topics – what will get marks in a Theory & methods question.
  • Using scaffolded learning to develop theoretical skills – building skills of theoretical analysis using material from substantive topics. Explaining more fully for higher marks.
  • Key themes and questions in exams – what will the exam questions look like and how to get the top marks

Annie Townend

Annie has 20 years teaching experience and is currently Head of Sociology in a large, sixth form college with 300 students in the department. She has a wealth of examining experience being a former Principal Examiner for a major examinations board and member of the specification development team for Sociology. She is an experienced trainer and has delivered a range of CPD for both new and experienced teachers.