A-Level Sociology Growing in Popularity!
A-level sociology entries increased by 23% between 2018 and 2022.
Gender and Subject Choice
The most female dominated subjects are performing arts, health and social care and sociology, the most male dominated subjects are computer science and I.T., construction and engineering.
2022’s A-level Grades aren’t real, but then again they never were….
Unsurprisingly this year’s 2022 A-Level results are considerably worse than the previous two years with only 82.1% of entries gaining a grade C or above compared to 88.2% in 2021. This is because this year’s results are based on students having sat actual exams rather than the results from 2021 and 2020 when the results…
Advanced Information for the AQA A-level Sociology exam 2022: Education Paper 1
The [pre-release information](https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/content/summer-2022/AQA-7192-AI-22.PDF) for Paper 1 has selected the broad topic of education policies as the one which students will DEFINITELY be tested on… the significance of educational policies, including problems of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and…
Advanced Information for the June 2022 A-Level Sociology Exams – what should you focus on…?
The AQA recently released its advanced information for the June 2022 A-level Exams, and for A-level Sociology this means telling students what the big essay questions are going to be on in each of the three main papers (Paper 1 Education, 30 mark essay): Education policies – including policies of selection, privatisation, marketisation, improvement of…
The 2021 A-Level ‘Teacher Awarded Grades’ – Incomparable with 2019’s but more Valid?
Nearly double the amount of students received top grades in 2021 compared to 2019: While a politician might try to convince you these two sets of results are measuring the same thing, it’s obvious to anyone that they are not. The 2021 results are ‘Teacher Awarded Grades’, they are not the same thing as the…
A-level Sociology Teaching Resources (Crime and Deviance)
I’ve just released the first of four packages of teaching resources for Crime and Deviance as part of my sociology teaching resources subscription package, available for only £9.99 a month! This month’s (May 2021) teaching resource bundle contains work books and Power Points covering eight lessons on Crime and Deviance – Intro to Crime, Functionalism…
Researching in Classrooms
The classic method for researching in classrooms is non-participant observation, the method used by OFSTED inspectors. However, there are other methods available to the researcher who wishes to conduct research on actual lessons within schools. Classrooms are closed environments with very clear rules of behaviour and typically containing around 20-30 students, one teacher and maybe…
Sociological Perspectives on the 2020 Exam results fiasco
What a mess this years exam results were! First of all students get awarded their results based primarily on an algorithm, which adjusted center predicted grades up or down depending on how their historical results records. Then those results were scrapped in favour of the original teacher predicted grades, awarded several months ago, unless the…