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AQA A-Level Sociology Paper 2: Families and Households Section – Exam Advice

AQA A-Level Sociology: Topics in Sociology Exam: Advice for answer the families and households section  Paper 2 is a 2 hour paper, out of a total of 80 marks. You get a booklet of questions, split into two sections (A … Continue reading

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How I Would’ve Answered Yesterday’s AS Sociology Exam Paper (7191/1 – Education)

A few thoughts on how the AQA’s 7191 (1) Education AS exam from May 2017 – If any teacher finds this annoying because they like to keep these papers back for next year’s mock exam, forget it – Any student … Continue reading

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AQA A level Sociology – The Three Exam Papers

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); … Continue reading

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Outline Three Ways in Which Schools Have Become Increasingly Privatised in Recent Years (6)

Privatisation involves the transfer of public assets to private companies This is an example of a possible 4 or 6 mark question for the A Level sociology paper 1 education exam, possible answers below… Marketization = exogenous privatisation, or introducing the … Continue reading

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Assess the Usefulness of Positivist Approaches to Social Research (30)

Just a few thoughts on how you might go about answering this question… if it comes up on paper 3 of the A level sociology exam  Paragraph one – outline the key ideas of Positivism Positivists believe that sociology can … Continue reading

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4 and 6 Mark Outline Questions on Education for the A Level Sociology Paper 1 Exam

Possible questions for the A Level Sociology Education (71912) PAPER 1 exam – the two short answer questions in this paper will ask you to outline two reasons/ ways/ criticisms. You will have one 4 mark question and one 6 … Continue reading

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How Are A-Level Sociology Essays Marked?

Below is a pared-down general mark-scheme for 20 and 30 mark sociology essays, adapted from the AQA’s more specific mark-schemes from the 2016-17 specimen A level papers. /30 /20 Descriptor 25-30 17-20 Sound, conceptually detailed knowledge of a range of … Continue reading

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A Level Sociology Essays – How to Write Them

This post offers some advice on how you might plan and write essays in the A level sociology exams.  The sociology A level exam: general hints for writing essays Allow yourself enough time – 1.5 minutes per mark = 45 … Continue reading

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Assess the View that Economic Indicators Provide an Unsatisfactory Picture of Development

Economic definitions and ways of measuring development are unsatisfactory. A much clearer and more useful picture emerges when wider social factors are included.’ Assess this view of development and underdevelopment. (20) International organizations such as the World Bank prefer to … Continue reading

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Outline and analyse two reasons why Gross National Product may not be sufficient to measure a country’s level of development (10)

Outline and analyse (ten mark) questions appear with an item as the second question on section B of the AQA A Level Sociology topics paper. Below is a suggested answer to the a possible ten mark question on Global Development … Continue reading

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