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 Manchester Friday 19 October 2018
London Thursday 08 November 2018
  • 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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