This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

This NEW conference will provide students with a motivational revision day, at which they will hear presentations from leading sociologists and be given high quality advice, guidance and examples which will assist them in producing examination answers of the highest levels.


  • An exciting, interactive conference which will extend student understanding of key topics and how to approach the examinations
  • Expert speakers will provide contemporary insights on key subject issues, linked directly to the examination requirements
  • A unique opportunity to ask experts questions on the subject, specification and assessments
  • Engaging examiner workshops and discussions to improve student performance in the exams
  • Take home a full set of conference notes, which will provide invaluable ideas and examples for strengthening student revision

London Monday 25 March 2019

IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference

10.20 – 10.30am
Welcome and Introduction: Lesley Clark

10.30 – 11.10am
The Sociology of education and social inequalities (class, ethnicity and gender): Mark Souter

Our expert Sociologist reviews social inequalities and highlights ways in which students can use this information to strengthen their exam responses

  • Myths and assumptions – educational inequalities do not simply echo social inequalities
  • How do they know that? Methodologies in educational inequality
  • An exploration of ways in which this topic sheds light on the sociological approach
  • An opportunity to ask questions directly to our subject expert

11.10 – 11.50am
Exam Focus On Unit 2, Section B: Lesley Clark

  • Focussing on Question 5 (the 20 marker), our expert will look at how to improve planning and answer structures to gain access to the highest marks
  • Student planning exercise
  • Students will gain crucial revision advice through understanding how the information gathered in session one can be used in exam answers

11.50 – 12.10pm

12.10 – 12.40pm
Expert Discussion on what makes an effective research programme in Sociology: Lesley Clark and Louise Quinn

  • Our experts consider the points that make an effective research programme, issues that can arise and how students can utilise their own research to produce high level exam answers
  • Our panel will explain how samples are chosen, and the students will have a chance to ask questions of the panel

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.40pm
Exam focus on Unit 2, Section A: Lesley Clark

  • A close look at key issues relating to OCR Paper 2, Section A, looking in particular at Questions 2, 3, and 4
  • What happened in 2018 and how students can learn from past strengths and weaknesses
  • What are examiners looking for and how to make answers stand out

1.40 – 1.50pm
Question and Answer session with the experts: Lesley Clark and Louise Quinn

  • Ask our experts your questions about OCR A-level Sociology

1.50 – 2.35pm
Crime and Deviance: Louise Quinn

Our expert presenter looks closely at current issues and latest academic thinking related to Crime and Deviance, strengthening student revision and detailed understanding of the topic

  • Current trends and patterns
  • Attitudes to crime in Britain and the significance of those views
  • Question and answer session with Louise Quinn on Crime and Deviance

2.35 – 3.05pm
Exam Focus On Unit 3, Crime Option: Lesley Clark and Louise Quinn

  • This session will focus on Question 4 (the 10 marker), and Question 6 (the 40 marker), including a student example answer and planning exercise
  • Gain high level insight into how used information such as from the previous presentation and other resources can be used to produce outstanding exam answers

3.05 – 3.10pm
Final top tips and close: Lesley Clark

Mark Souter

Mark started teaching social science in 1982 and is an Open University Associate Lecturer in social science, for whom he also presents ‘Master Classes’ in study skills.

Lesley Clark

Lesley is a highly experienced teacher who works in a very successful Sociology department in a leading sixth form college. She has extensive departmental management experience and is an experienced national presenter for Sociology.

Louise Quinn

Louise is a senior lecturer at MMU and the PGCE subject co-ordinator for Psychology and Social Science at Brooks Campus – Manchester. Prior to joining MMU, Louise worked for 7 years in secondary schools teaching social sciences, headed a Sociology department and was a PSHE coordinator.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT