Secondary Data on Academic Progress
What are the strengths and limitations of using secondary data to research the academic progress of students in schools? This challenging question came up in the methods in Context section of the November 2021 AQA A-Level Sociology exam, and students found it difficult according the Examiners Report, with significant numbers focussing only on quantitative secondary…
Sociology Exam Dates 2023
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How has increased choice in personal life affected family structures in the UK today?
This question recently came up on the June 2022 A-level sociology exam paper two, the families and household topic. It was one of the 10 mark questions which linked to an item, as follows: ‘People have more choice today than in the past over who they can be in a personal relationship with. They also…
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 A-Level Sociology June 2022: Crime, Deviance, Social Order and Social Control….
The AQA have ‘very generously’ informed A-level sociology students that the 30 mark essay question in the June 2022 exam will be on the topic area of ‘crime, deviance, social order and social control’. The problem is that this doesn’t necessarily narrow down the specific content of the question that much. In fact, this ‘advice’…
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…
‘GCSEs and A-Levels scrapped’ – but I wouldn’t relax just yet!
So on Wednesday the government announced that exams in England and Wales are to be scrapped in favour of ‘assessed grades’. But does this may not necessarily mean you’ll be able to chillax for the next 6 months! Given that this government has a track record of being reactive rather than pro-active in responding to…