A Level Sociology Theory and Methods Revision Bundle


Revision notes, mind maps and exam practice questions designed to help students revise for AQA A Level Sociology.

The material in this revision bundle covers the theory and methods sections on the following two exam papers:

  • Paper 7192/1: Education with Theory and Methods
  • Paper 7192/3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.


This revision bundle is designed to help students revise for AQA A Level Sociology Papers 7192/1 and 7192/3: Education with Theory and Methods, and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

The content in this bundle covers the ‘theory and methods’ part of these two papers.

Bundle Contents

Theory and Methods Revision Notes

74 pages in total covering the following topics:

Sociological Theories:

  • Positivism and Interpretivism
  • Is sociology a science?
  • Functionalism
  • Marxism
  • Feminism
  • Social Action theory
  • Modernity, Postmodernity and Late Modernity
  • Sociology and social policy
  • Can sociology be value free?

‘Pure’ Research Methods:

  • Introduction to Research Methods – Basic types of method and key term
  • The Factors Affecting Choice of Research Method – Theoretical, Ethical and Practical Factors
  • Secondary Quantitative Data – Official Statistics
  • Secondary Qualitative Data – Public and Private Documents
  • Experiments – Field and Laboratory
  • Interviews – Structured, Unstructured and Semi-Structured
  • Observational Methods – Cover and Overt Participant and Non-Participant Observation
  • All sections also contain a section of research methods applied to education, or ‘methods in context’

Theory and Methods Mind Maps

15 mind maps covering the following topics:

  • Positivism and Interpretivism
  • Is Sociology a Science?
  • Functionalism
  • Marxism
  • Feminism
  • Social Action Theory
  • Modernity and Postmodernity an Introduction
  • Postmodernity and Postmodern Theory
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Sociology and Value Freedom
  • Field Experiments
  • Social surveys
  • Unstructured interviews
  • Participant observation
  • Factors influencing choice of research method

Theory and Methods Essay Plans

Five essays in total:

•              Assess the Contribution of Functionalism to our Understanding of society (20)
•              Assess the Contribution of Marxism to our Understanding of society (20)
•              Assess the Usefulness of Positivist Approaches to Social Research (20)
•              Assess the view that theoretical factors are the most significant factor
•              Influencing a sociologist’s choice of research methods (20)
•              Evaluate the Strengths and Limitations of Using Social Surveys in Social Research (20)

How to write methods in context essays

Includes 3 examples of methods in context questions, a pared down mark scheme and advice on how to write and plan these essays.

10 mark ‘outline and explain research methods questions

A total of 6 questions.

Research Methods Key Terms 

A glossary of key terms covering pretty much all of the content of research methods!

One revision PPT

On social surveys, covering practical, ethical and theoretical factors.