AQA Sociology exams have changed! The balance of marks has shifted from 80% of total marks for essays to only 50%, with 10-mark questions representing the difference.  This course will cover exam tactics and teaching approaches for the new specification, both AS and A Level.

This session will cover shifts in content, topic changes and the different demands of 10-mark questions and how adapt lessons to prepare students for this challenge. Nobody, not even the chief examiner, knows exactly how a new format will work until a full round of exams has taken place – this has now happened! This session will provide a overview of the new specification, informed by the first round of A level exams. The session will focus on skills and will use compulsory content to illustrate how to deal with all question formats.

These question formats are common across all 5 modules so this session will suit teachers seeking to improve the impact of their teaching and the students’ knowledge across AS and A level exams.


  • How to meet the demands of the new AO2-AO3 split
  • Support students with 10-mark questions
  • Support students with Methods in Context questions (with new ‘bands’)
  • Teaching suggestions about retained and new content


COURSE DATES In-school only
  • All Sociology teachers
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 – 11.00am
Overview and lessons from the 2018 exams; short Questions

  • How the assessment has changed – assessment overview
  • Taking advantage of the rationalisation
  • Quick look at question types and assessment objectives
  • AS v A2 – not a whole lot more?
  • A quick look at the short questions and how they are different

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.00pm
Preparing students for 10 mark examination questions

  • 10 mark answers are different …
  • Application, application, and not another application
  • How to prepare students: ‘However’ is not a good word!

12.00 – 1.00pm
Preparing students for Method in Context answers

  • A maturing format – not quite what it used to be
  • I’m not on the level, I’m with the band(s)
  • ‘research characteristics’ – don’t think PET, think Simpsons

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.10pm
Essays: 30 is just more 20

  • 20 is the new 33, easier, but not easy
  • 30 is the new 21, so all that teaching will finally count!
  • Tactics for weaker and stronger students
  • RTBQ and Plan
  • Going beyond juxtaposition for top band scores

3.10 – 3.30pm
Final Top Tips and FAQs