Success at SY 3 WJEC
Format of the paper • One compulsory question in each option testing AO 1 • Two additional questions from which a choice may be made. These assess AO1 and AO2
Reasoning • Many candidates find 60 minute questions challenging • It gives candidates of all levels of ability a chance to gain marks • The compulsory question tests knowledge.
Skills required: • Essay structuring and planning • Time skills (15 minutes and 45 minutes) • Ability to respond to different command words flexibly
AO 1 skills • Candidates will be able to make specific, explicit and detailed reference to a range of writers, research and theory. Much of this material will have explicit sociological content • Answers will be expressed in appropriate sociological language showing knowledge and understanding. • The quality of written communication is very good, with few, if any, errors of spelling, punctuation or grammar.
AO 2 skills • Candidates will relate answers directly to the question under consideration and this link will be explicit. • Essays will be formally constructed with a clear and logical argument. • Evaluation and analysis will be explicit throughout the answers • Candidates will be able to make regular and explicit use of the correct analytical and/or evaluative language showing knowledge and understanding of its meaning. • Candidates will be able to make explicit reference to the wording of the question under consideration • The candidate may challenge the terms of the question.
Language of evaluation • Thus … • On the other hand … • In contrast … • By comparison … • However … • An alternative argument … • A strong argument … • Similarly …
Style • Most wrote well in whichever language was used. However … • Use of personalisation – ‘I think…’ • Use of rhetorical questioning – ‘Marxists believe that … but is this correct? Is it true? Do we believe it?’
Encourage • Reference to recent debates, examples, evidence, research and news events • Good grammar and spelling • Use of technical language • Proper paragraphing • Leaving enough space to add after-thoughts to paragraphs • Reference to the wording and terms of the question
Discourage … • Learning answers off pat • Personal commentaries • Rhetorical questions and exaggerated styles of writing
For further information, please contact the subject officer at the WJEC Joanna Lewis 245 Western Avenue Cardiff CF5 2YX email@example.com