Below I’ve reformatted the examiners report for the 2018 A-level sociology exam, paper 2 (families and households section) into bullet points and included the exam questions.
This is really just designed to make this more user friendly!
This advice is taken straight from the AQA’s examiner report on the sociology A-level exam 2018.
Beliefs in society 2018 Questions and examiner commentary
Outline and explain two ways in which globalisation may affect religious beliefs and practices (10)
- Most students able to explain two ways in which globalisation may have affected religious beliefs and practices.
- Popular answers included pluralism and greater choice, deterritorialisation and the growth of fundamentalism.
- Some weaker answers described recent changes in beliefs or practices without making the role of globalisation clear.
Applying material from Item I, analyse two reasons why minority ethnic groups in the United Kingdom are often more religious than the majority of the population (10)
- This question was generally answered well.
- Popular answers included cultural defence and cultural transition (although the difference between these two concepts was not always clear), and the idea that migrants are simply more likely to be religious when placed in a secular society.
- This question referred specifically to the United Kingdom and so answers about other countries could not be credited.
Applying material from Item J and your knowledge, evaluate the view that an increase in spirituality in the United Kingdom has compensated for the decline of organised religion (20)
- Answers here showed a good range of knowledge.
- Most students took cues from the item and discussed a range of developments, such as variations of secularisation, growth of science and rationality and the growth of New Age activities.
- There was pleasing evidence of knowledge of contemporary postmodern approaches but only the best answers explicitly addressed spirituality or considered that there might be a difference between the spiritual and the religious.