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Outline three functions which education might perform for society (6)

This is an  example of a relatively straight forward 6 mark question which might appear on the AQA’s A level paper 1 (7192/1). If you require a more detailed breakdown of paper 1 please click here. The basic approach to … Continue reading

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Basic Question Types in A-Level Sociology (AQA focus)

There are three main types of ‘question’ in A-level sociology exams: Outline and explain questions Analyse questions Evaluate questions This (hopefully) raises the question (is that a pun?) about what you’re likely to be asked to outline and explain/ analyse … Continue reading

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Do bad exam results matter?

Results day tomorrow, and I predict that Social Media will be full of comments by celebrities telling students that exam results don’t matter that much because ‘I failed my exams, but I still found success’. This happened last year during The … Continue reading

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Why IQ Tests May not Measure Intelligence

The American psychologist Arthur Jensen (1973) defines intelligence as ‘abstract reasoning ability’ – the ability to discover the rules, patterns and logical principles underlying objects and events and the ability to apply these discoveries to solve problems. Intelligence is measured … Continue reading

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Education in America

Key statistics on education in America, and the key features of the American education system including primary, secondary and tertiary education, the national curriculum and the examinations system. This is part of a new set of posts designed to help … Continue reading

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A Level Sociology AQA Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Hints and tips for answering the AQA’s Sociology A Level Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods (7192/1) This information is derived from 3 separate training course I’ve been on run by the AQA’s representatives, my interpretation of how you … Continue reading

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AQA AS Sociology Exam Paper 1 (7191/1) – Education and Methods in Context

An overview of the AS Sociology paper 7191 (1), and a few quick hints and tips on how to answer each of the questions… You will be given a total of 90 minutes to answer this paper and is out … Continue reading

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Outline and explain two ways in which changes to gender roles have affected diversity of family structures (10)

Question 1 in the A level sociology families and households ‘topics’ exam will be out of 10 marks ask you to ‘outline and explains’ two things (reasons/ ways/ criticisms for example). In order to get into the top mark band* … Continue reading

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Assess the claim that ‘ethnic difference in educational achievement are primarily the result of school factors’ (30)

An essay on ethnicity and education written for the A Level Sociology paper 1 exam, AQA focus.  It’s hopefully obvious that what’s below is ‘overkill’ – for a simpler version of the essay and with the skills (knowledge, analysis, evaluation) … 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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