ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- 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
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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