This brand new course will provide strategies to ensure lower attaining students can succeed in A-level Sociology. It will provide solutions to the particular challenges of A-level Sociology, especially for less motivated or struggling students. A key aim of this day is to demonstrate methods to increase motivation via stepped learning activities and rapid feedback, without compromising support for stronger students. It will also examine how the exam questions – such as the 10-mark questions which now make up to 50% of module marks – can be utilised to increase the quality of performance for lower attaining students.


  • Discover techniques for boosting recall of concepts and key names
  • Find out just what the deal is with those 10-mark questions!
  • Pick a simple trick that students can apply to boost Methods in Context answers
  • Gain insights into the differences between Crime and Deviance and other topic areas
  • Learn ways (and reasons) for students to carry out research
  • All teachers of A-level Sociology
  • Heads of Sociology
  • Heads of Social Science
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
Starting from where the student is

  • Realistic starting points: the genesis of Sociology and identifying weaker students
  • Strategies for helping A-level Sociology students to understand and retain knowledge to the required standard
  • Making a successful start with practical methodology (fast and dirty research) to boost lower ability students’ skills levels
  • Teaching approaches for longer answer writing skills that encourage progress

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Effective learning: getting less able students to engage with Sociology

  • Ensuring the less able understand the fundamental principles of social science
  • Explaining and arguing with critical thinking: how to get the less able to succeed with these skills
  • Lesson strategies for lower ability students to ensure progress and achievement
  • Differentiation with appropriate intervention

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Proven strategies to boost performance for the less able in Sociology

  • Reviewing the different types of questions to establish the skills students need to succeed
  • Building adaptability to deal with both types of 10 mark question
  • New teaching approaches to help the lower ability to attack the methods in context question with confidence
  • Dealing with the examination papers – practical suggestions to improve results
  • An important detail about essays: why Crime and Deviance is different

2.30 – 2.40pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40 – 3.30pm
Learning by testing – encouraging exam confidence with Sociology students

  • Automated testing and tracking of concepts and studies
  • Facilitating self-monitoring and evaluation
  • Going beyond the formula essay for less able students
  • Strategies for ensuring progress across a linear course with the less able
  • Final Q&A on resources and issues raised

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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