AQA guidance on how to answer AS Government and politics questions

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Teacher Resource Bank
GCE Government and Politics
Other Guidance:
· Answering AS and A2 Questions
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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.1
Answering AS Questions
TOP TIP Part (a) answers (5 marks)
Make sure that you scan · Offer a clear and accurate DEFINITION of the term
through all three parts of the or phrase chosen, in the context in which it is being
question before you start used in the extract.
writing.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.0
Part (c) answers (25 marks)
· FOCUS on the precise terms of the question from the
outset.
· IDENTIFY and DEFINE any key terms that appear in the
title.
· Impose a CLEAR ANALYTICAL STRUCTURE on your
discussion, ie identify three or four areas that you intend to
address and deal with them SYSTEMATICALLY in a
LOGICAL ORDER. AVOID being too SUBJECTIVE.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.1
Answering A2 Questions
A2 units 3 and 4 contain optional units and there are NO prescribed routes through,
allowing for more flexibility of study and choice of units.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.0
THE NEW QUESTION (a)
· These are worth more than the old (a) questions (8 marks) and less than the old
(b) questions (12 marks). They are worth 10 marks (AO1=4 AO2=4 AO3=2).
· Timing: 10-12 minutes. Any more time and you will eat into the time available for the
more challenging essay response.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.1
AO3 marks are for communication:
Level 3-4: Clear and effective communication. Use of political vocabulary. Few English
errors. Legible. Clear focus, direction and conclusion.
Level 1-2: Limited clarity and political vocabulary. Lack of focus/direction. Frequent
errors of English. Lacks any conclusion.
THE A2 ESSAY QUESTION.
THE (b) RESPONSE.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.0
recognise connections between ALL the specification topics at A2 through EXTENDED
ESSAY WRITING.
This means that candidates should be encouraged to develop some comparative
analytical skills in order to demonstrate similarities and differences within the
specification topics and also, where possible, to integrate this knowledge and
understanding in their answers when responding to the set question.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.1
The New A2 Topics
Teaching Constitutions & Judiciary Handout
1) The British Constitution section of the new GOVP2 has been included:
a) To meet the QCA criteria requirement to address `the essential characteristics and
interrelationships of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary' at AS Level.
b) To provide an understanding of the British constitution for all students.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.0
5) With the subsection "the judiciary and its relationship to other `powers' of government"
the following should be noted:
a) This subsection also essentially covers material already taught in the old GOV4, but
again requires no specific comparative focus.…read more

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Teacher Resource Bank / GCE Government and Politics / Answering AS and A2 Questions / Version 1.1
h) The Freedom of Information Act (2000) is not referred to in the specification. It will
not be the subject of specific examination questions. However, candidates may wish
to refer to the Act and its provisions when illustrating and developing answers on the
accountability of government, the powers of the judiciary, and the rights of
individuals.…read more

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