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Edexcel AS Politics ExamBuster 2011
Acknowledgements
This guide has drawn freely on information available via websites such as the Guardian and BBC. The
sections on electoral reform make extensive use of the excellent data on UK election results provided
by the Electoral Reform Society. Some of the material on the progress constitutional reform is
sourced from the research produced by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Constitution
Unit and Charter88.…read more

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Table of Contents
USE OF THIS GUIDE AND ANSWER TECHNIQUE ............................................................................................ 7
Introduction to Unit 1- People and Politics ...................................................................................................... 9
Understanding the Examination and Exam Technique ................................................................................. 9
Choosing your questions ............................................................................................................................ 9
Assessment Objectives ............................................................................................................................... 9
A general guide to answering questions .................................................................................................. 11
Democracy and Political Participation ........................................................................................................16
Defining democracy ...................................................................................................................................... 16
Describing direct democracy ........................................................................................................................ 16
Describing referendums ............................................................................................................................... 16
Defining legitimacy ....................................................................................................................................... 17
Defining representation ................................................................................................................................ 17
Describing representative democracy ..........................................................................................................…read more

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Why are some pressure groups so much more successful than others? ..................................................... 32
Elections .....................................................................................................................................................34
Introductory concepts .................................................................................................................................. 34
Defining elections ......................................................................................................................................... 34
The functions of elections............................................................................................................................. 34
Distinguishing elections from referendums.................................................................................................. 34
Basic description of first past the post (fptp) ............................................................................................... 35
Basic operation of the regional list system (List) .......................................................................................... 35
Basic operation of Single Transferable Vote (STV) ....................................................................................... 35
Basic operation of the Additional Member System (AMS) ........................................................................... 36
Basic operation of the Alternative Vote (AV) ...............................................................................................…read more

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The following points could be seen as ways in which the Conservative Party is not a One-Nation party.55
To what extent is Labour still a socialist party?........................................................................................ 56
Introduction to Unit 2 Governing the UK ........................................................................................................62
Understanding the Examination and Exam Technique ................................................................................62
The structure of the questions ................................................................................................................. 62
Choosing your questions .......................................................................................................................... 62
Stimulus response questions .................................................................................................................... 62
Assessment Objectives ............................................................................................................................. 64
Essay questions ........................................................................................................................................ 64
The Constitution .........................................................................................................................................66
Introductory concepts .................................................................................................................................. 66
Defining a constitution .................................................................................................................................…read more

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How effective is Parliament in controlling the executive? ........................................................................... 92
The Prime Minister and Cabinet .................................................................................................................97
Introductory concepts .................................................................................................................................. 97
Defining Cabinet government....................................................................................................................... 97
Role of a minister .......................................................................................................................................... 97
Two powers of the Prime Minister ............................................................................................................... 97
Role of the Prime Minister ............................................................................................................................ 98
Defining collective ministerial responsibility ................................................................................................ 98
Defining individual ministerial responsibility ................................................................................................ 98
Main sources of prime ministerial power ..................................................................................................... 98
Main functions of Cabinet ............................................................................................................................…read more

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USE OF THIS GUIDE AND ANSWER TECHNIQUE
Planning your revision
Having the best available resources, advice about answer technique and time management is not the
full sum of what it takes to get the grade you feel you merit. In order to perform to the best of your
ability on the day of the exam, it is also about being in possession of the knowledge of how best to
plan your revision, and having the academic discipline to execute it.…read more

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Edexcel AS Politics ExamBuster 2011
notes, then you need to fill them. If you have not covered the full range of the syllabus you will put a
self-imposed limit on the number of questions you can answer.
Once you have done this, you need to carry out some active revision. Most study skills experts
underline the need to do this to reinforce your knowledge. Simply reading through your notes is
insufficient.
You need repeated practise at getting your thoughts down on paper within timed conditions.…read more

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Introduction to Unit 1- People and Politics
Understanding the Examination and Exam Technique
Choosing your questions
In this unit you are presented with four questions. They are of equal value and each question covers
one of the four sections of the specification. These are:
Democracy and political participation
Party policies and ideas
Elections
Pressure groups
There is no significance to the order in which questions appear.
Each question is divided into three sections (a), (b) and (c).…read more

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AO1 Knowledge and Understanding
This is basically factual knowledge and understanding of key ideas, concepts, meanings, distinctions
and processes. It also refers to your knowledge and use of appropriate examples to back up and
illustrate your answers. In short, it is what you know. 50% of the total assessment is for AO1.
AO2 Analysis and evaluation
This is what students often find tough, although the good news is that AO2 only accounts for 30 % of
the total marks.…read more

Comments

Julia Cushion

Not what I would describe as "amazingly" helpful, nor detailed.

pb1

This is really helpful- a little too much unnecessary info but some is good- thanks

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