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Edexcel AS Politics
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Revision Guide
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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…

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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 ..................................................................................................…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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%…

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Julia Cushion

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

pb1

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

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