There are a total of three exam papers for the AQA A-level sociology exam, papers 7192 (1) – Education with Methods in Context and Theory and Methods; paper 7192 (2) Topics in Sociology (typically families and religion are the options); and paper 7191 (3) Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.
Papers 1 and 3 are ‘write in’ papers – they are gapped booklets, and you write your answers after each question. For these two papers, you answer every question.
Paper 2 is the ‘options paper’ – the exam paper and answer booklet are separate. There are 4 options in each section, you select one topic from section A (most centres do the families option) and one section from section B (most centres do the religion option, I teach the global development option).
There are 5 ‘question types’ across all 5 papers…
- 4 and 6 mark outline questions (papers 1 and 3)
- 10 mark outline and explain questions, no item (papers 1,2 and 3)
- 10 mark ‘applying material from the item analyse’ questions (papers 1,2 and 3)
- 20 Mark Methods in Context question (paper 1)
- 20 and 30 mark essay questions – 30 marks on papers 1 and 3, 20 marks (*2) on paper 2
All exams are 2 hours long, and are marked out of 80
please see this page on exam advice for specific advice on how to answer all of the above questions.