This course is suitable for teachers delivering the AQA A Level specification who wish to ensure consistently high achievement for their students across all three papers. Teachers will leave with a large toolkit of successful teaching resources and techniques enabling them to improve their students’ confidence, knowledge and understanding of what examiners are looking for. As a result, the course will enable teachers to raise achievement in students of all abilities and experience.


  • Develop and extend teachers’ skills in delivering the Sociology A-level with teaching ideas and latest research info (where relevant)
  • Improved internal assessment and tracking to maintain student progress and motivation
  • Exciting teaching ideas that bring the spec to life
  • Gain a stronger understanding of the standards to which students should be working (especially for high grades)
  • Improved performance of students during the course and in the final assessments
COURSE DATE London Friday 01 March 2019
  • Teachers looking to improve the performance of students in AQA
  • A level Sociology
  • Teachers looking to increase engagement and interest of students
  • Teachers looking to embed a ‘skills’ focus into the two-year A level course
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 – 10.30am
Feedback from 2018 and implications for learning activities and revision

  • Summary of lessons learnt from Results Analysis data and examiner reports
  • Revision resources, strategies and techniques for all three papers to improve achievement in the next exam series

10.30 – 11.30am
Teaching and Assessing the ‘Education’ topic, examined on Paper 1

  • The classic studies: How much students need to know and how to use them to demonstrate AO1, AO2 and AO3 skills
  • Contemporary studies, real world examples and addressing ‘today’
  • 4 and 6 mark questions. Training students to use time well
  • The 10 mark ‘Outline and Explain’ Question and how to achieve band 8-10
  • Using the Item in the 30 mark question

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 1.00pm
Teaching and Assessing the ‘Crime and Deviance’ topic, examined on Paper 3

  • The classic studies: How much students need to know and how to use them to demonstrate AO1, AO2 and AO3 skills
  • Contemporary studies, real world examples and addressing ‘today’
  • The 10 mark ‘Analyse’ Question and how to achieve band 8-10
  • Demonstrating skills in the 30 mark question

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Teaching and Assessing Theory and Methods (inc. Methods in Context)

  • Preparing students for what they can be asked, when and how
  • Making Methods Exciting
  • Teaching theory to all the students in your classroom. Supporting weaker students whilst giving HA students the knowledge and skills to achieve the top mark bands
  • Methods in the Context of Education. The skill of application and developing Band 5 responses

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 4.00pm
Exam technique for A* achievement

  • Strategies to stretch your HA/talented Sociology students and to support them to gain the top grades
  • High level thinking techniques
  • Appropriate task setting, marking and feedback to stretch and challenge and develop A* abilities
  • Exemplar materials in this session will focus on the most popular ‘topic’ options from Paper 2, Families and Households and Beliefs

Sarah Rushby

Sarah is an experienced presenter and has been a teacher of sociology for 13 years. She is a senior examiner for a major awarding body. Sarah is currently based in the North West and delivering Sociology in a busy and successful sixth form attached to a school.

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