This course will enable teachers new to the subject to develop confidence in teaching and understanding of the overall course. The course will provide you with proven strategies for teaching A-level Sociology well, as well as ensuring you leave with a full understanding of the specification content, the level of demand required and how the subject is assessed. Recommendations, suggestions and proven teaching ideas will be provided for you to embed in your own deliver of the subject, allowing you to achieve high standards of teaching and your students to produce excellent results.


  • Gain an understanding into the specification and assessment requirements and standards
  • Develop skills in teaching key areas of the specification, including examination technique
  • Take away new and innovative ideas for teaching
  • Share good practice
COURSE DATES In school only
  • NQTs
  • Teachers new to teaching A level Sociology
  • Non specialist teachers teaching A level Sociology
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 – 10.15am
Welcome and Introduction

10.15 – 11.00am
Understanding and delivering the specification requirements

  • Planning the two year programme – using the specification properly to ensure high level coverage of the content
  • Teaching to the correct standard and ensuring student progress
  • Resource development and utilisation – advice and guidance on how to do this to suit your specific teaching requirements
  • Ensuring that teaching and learning is synoptic over the two year programme

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.30pm
Exam Skills

  • Exploring command words – what are the examiners looking for?
  • Using the mark schemes and examiner reports in teaching and learning practice
  • Feedback from the 2018 examinations: what were the key issues with regards to examination technique
  • Marking workshop: examiner student responses to gain an insight into what is required to produce high level answers in Paper 1

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Embedding Assessment for Learning into the course

  • Feedback from last year’s assessments – using last year’s exams to inform planning and teaching
  • Common pitfalls and mistakes made by students in exams
  • Utilising in-college assessments to inform and maintain student progress: strategies to ensure this is done to a high level

2.15 – 2.35pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.35 – 3.10pm
Getting the highest grades

  • Embedding contemporary relevance into the course: the benefits and how to do this well in the different papers
  • Stretch and challenge – methods and strategies for ensuring students achieve A and A* grades. Planning and implementing support for high ability students aiming for high grades

3.10 – 3.30pm
Final Top Tips and Close

Asma Ali

Asma is a successful Head of Sociology at a college in the North of England and is an experienced examiner for a major awarding body. The department has an outstanding ALPs record and an excellent reputation. She has trained NQTs and staff members new to Sociology, ensuring that they become excellent practitioners.

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