This course will use examples and feedback from the 2018 AQA examinations to demonstrate how to improve students’ ability to answer the complex questions in the A level examinations and thus obtain the highest grades possible. Our Sociology expert will examine key areas of strength and weakness and how to use that information to create powerful learning for your students. Proven methods to improve examination technique in A level Sociology will be provided, which can be utilised in your teaching immediately.


  • Explore teaching methods and techniques that ensure students meet the demands of the examinations and produce excellent answers
  • Embed high level thinking and answering into your teaching, to produce outstanding results
  • Utilise feedback from the 2018 exams to improve student answers and examination technique for the 2019 series
  • Gain crucial guidance and examples for supporting students with the difficult 10-mark and essay questions
COURSE DATES Book in school
  • All teachers of AQA 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 – 11.00am
Overview and lessons from the 2018 AQA exams

  • Exploration of the key areas of strength and weaknesses in 2018 and implications for classroom practice
  • A review of the specification content which caused students the most difficulty and how to teach these areas successfully
  • The different question types and assessment objectives: why this matters when teaching students examination technique
  • An examination of the lower mark questions and how to make sure students succeed on them

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 12.00pm
Preparing students for 10 mark questions

  • Embedding excellent examination technique throughout the course
  • Excellent answers to 10 mark questions: why getting these right will boost students’ final marks
  • How to prepare students for the examinations – teaching and assessment ideas which lead to high performance
  • Training students to have high level thinking skills: ideas and techniques to increase subject understanding and the production of outstanding examination answers

12.00 – 1.00pm
Method in Context questions

  • Example answers and feedback from 2018 to demonstrate the standard required when answering these questions
  • Teaching strategies to ensure student progression on Method in Context
  • ‘Research characteristics’ – how to prepare students so that they can utilise the specification content effectively in the examinations

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.10pm
Excellent answers to essay questions

  • Issues arising from the 2018 exams, including timings, structure and quality of response
  • Teaching essay writing – key areas to create excellent Sociology responses
  • Ongoing assessment and getting students exam ready
  • What differentiates the highest quality essays and ensuring that your students meet those requirements

3.10 – 3.30pm
Final Guidance

  • Teaching key topics on the specification – and using it for high quality revision
  • Synopticity and how to get students to act as independent learners
  • Final questions and answers

Mark Souter

Mark started teaching social science in 1982, and completed a PGCE for teaching Sociology in 1984. He spent most of his career teaching sociology in schools and colleges. He has been an examiner for 16 years and is a highly rated PGCE subject specialist sociology tutor. He is also an Open University Associate Lecturer in social science, for whom he also has presents ‘Master Classes’ in social science study skills.

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