AS Level Sociology

KEITH TROBE is senior examiner for AS Sociology with a leading examinations body, and author of sociology textbooks and teaching/learning materials

Lindisfarne Press

Teaching Sociology

New! CPD AS and A Level Sociology Autumn 21014

Meeting the demands of the new AS/A Level Sociology Specification (AQA)

The biggest change to AS and A level Sociology in fifteen years starts in September 2015. This day will help teachers of the subject prepare themselves for teaching the new AQA Sociology specifications.

KEITH TROBE is a hugely experienced teacher, writer and examiner of AS and A level Sociology. A former Principal Examiner and co-author of the main textbooks used in schools and colleges, Keith will use his experience to analyse the content and assessment in the new AQA Sociology specification (AQA). Keith is also the author and owner of Lindisfarne Press.

The sessions will be essentially practical and each participant will leave with a pack of materials that can be used with students and colleagues. This will include briefing sheets, worked examples of answers and guides to the new specification.

Dates and venues Summer 2015


Session 1 Changes and Continuities

What�s new and what is the same as the current specification?

We�ll work carefully through the new specifications identifying changes in content but probably more importantly, changes to assessment. With no modular exams, teachers and students will need to be very well-prepared for their single shot at success.

In particular we will look at what the difference is between the AS and A level standard in Education, Methods and Families and Households.

Session 2 The �Apply� questions.

The new specification places greater emphasis on the skill of application than previously. Several question types specifically ask students to �apply��. Keith will carefully explain what this means and how students should answer each type of apply question. There will be formats and worked examples to illustrate this process.

Session 3 The �method in context� question.

This question currently continues to cause candidates problems and this is likely to continue into the new specification. Keith will offer guidance, formats and examples to help students to maximise marks on this question.

Session 4 Dealing with the change to end-assessed AS/A levels

This is a major concern for teachers and students. Without the safety net of modular re-sits, the pressure is even greater on our students. Many teachers have also only ever taught the subject in a modular setting. We will analyse the ramifications of this change and look at teaching strategies to deal with this major change.

Session 5 Essay writing skills

Keith says �writing essays caused students difficulties when I first started teaching and examining over thirty-five years ago, and it continues to be a major headache for teachers. This session will offer some practical ways to help students to improve their essays.

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New! Assessment for Learning packs � specimen answers and commentaries for recent AQA AS/A Sociology exam questions.

Lindisfarne Press provides the widest range of resources for teaching sociology.

Since 1996, we have generated dozens of sets of materials to help those involved in teaching sociology. Our books are only written by senior examiners with lots of examining experience. These packs are clearly focused on the demands of the AQA sociology specification.


NEW! For the 2008 AQA Sociology specification

Lindisfarne has produced ten new photocopiable teaching and revision packs:

AS level Sociology Packs

A level Sociology Packs

One teacher commented on our materials 'this is exactly what I need for teaching sociology'. Another said 'these books are full of activities

We also offer student seminars as part of a revision programme for AS/A level sociology. Delivered by senior examiners, these are the perfect way to stimulate sociology revision. For any student revising for AS and A levels, these seminars give them a real insight into how what examiners are looking for. We bring these sociology revision seminars directly into schools and colleges. For anyone following the AQA sociology specification, these are an ideal way to start sociology revision.

Download a Bridge the Gap AS & A Levels Student Skill Seminar Brochure (.pdf format 264k)

Download a Bridge the Gap GCSE Student Skills Seminar Brochure (.pdf format 264k)


Lindisfarne Press run continuing professional development course for those involved in teaching sociology. These CPD courses are run all over the UK in June/July and November/December. Delivered only by experienced senior examiners, these courses up-date sociology teachers with new developments as well as teaching and learning strategies fro the teaching of AS and A level sociology.

Lindisfarne Press works with Lindisfarne Associates in the delivery of GCSE and AS/A level generic exam skills programmes. Lindisfarne Associates deliver skills seminars to GCSE and AS level students all over the UK.

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