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Edexcel Government & Politics - Unit 2 Governing the UK (09/06/16)

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    What are the predictions for the 5/10/25 markers? I only have the 40 predictions ?
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    (Original post by Student 1305)
    Mehhh I did the same for Unit 2 and I messed up :/ I think I'll take the topics they mention and plan questions and make brief notes on them
    My plan was to finish all my notes and revision today and learn it all tomorrow and the morning of the exam - I work pretty well under pressure so hopefully it'll save me ;'
    Thank you so much for your advice and time! I wish you all the best
    Thank you very much! May I ask what topics you picked in Unit 1 as I just want to know if it's a trend that many people picked Democracy and Pressure Groups
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    (Original post by Defraction)
    I'm not so sure if making notes would be effective right now. I'm currently looking at past papers, examiner reports and mark schemes to get a feel of what the examiner wants from us and what type of questions came up which might help me think of what questions might come up. It's all up to you, whatever tactic helped you in Unit 1 will definitely help you in Unit 2.

    I hope you do well!
    Well you know the info
    No point looking at answer questions when you don't have the knowledge
    It's far better to have the knowledge then the exam technique because you can't use technique without knowledge and politics is all about knowledge tbh
    Sorry not being rude lool
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    Anyone got a plan on "How effective Parliament is in scrutinising the executive?" that they would like to share?
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    What are the predictions for the 5/10/25 markers? I only have the 40 predictions ?
    What are the 40 predictions lol?
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    (Original post by Defraction)
    Thank you very much! May I ask what topics you picked in Unit 1 as I just want to know if it's a trend that many people picked Democracy and Pressure Groups
    I did Democracy and Elections - that 25 mark democracy question was not fun. at all....
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    Well you know the info
    No point looking at answer questions when you don't have the knowledge
    It's far better to have the knowledge then the exam technique because you can't use technique without knowledge and politics is all about knowledge tbh
    Sorry not being rude lool
    No, it's fine. It's very true though, you must understand the question to actually fully answer it. But I'm just looking at exemplar answers that either did good or bad and see the examiner's commentary to that answer. I usually do this after I revised but I really cannot be bothered to revise. I despise Unit 2. I just cannot wait till we finish this exam.

    I'm worried that there might be a horrible question like there was one in our Unit 1 Democracy and apparently pressure groups questions. PLEASE CAN THE CONSTITUTION QUESTION BE GOOD AND IT'S A 40 MARK
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    Would RIPA or the IP Bill count as constitutional acts?
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    (Original post by Nightcall)
    Anyone got a plan on "How effective Parliament is in scrutinising the executive?" that they would like to share?
    HoL can delaylegislation -> blocked tax credits -> also can’t be whipped -> no majority

    Commons can voteof no confidence -> this is when the House believes that the executivehaven’t acted well = kick them out -> happened in ’79 with Callaghan and newparty in charge

    SelectCommittees -> have one per department and look over the departmentalmanagement and policies -> vital as allows greater scope than normallyallowed -> can bring witnesses to talk -> report written then publishedto house with recommendations -> Mrs Dunwoody made determined attacks onboth the management of Rail track and government plans for the privatisation ofthe air traffic control system -> shows they can be effective
    BUT,
    HoL isunelected, unaccountable thus decisions they make don’t have legitimacy &Parliament Act means House of Lords is rendered useless since can only delay byone year

    Nature ofelectoral system = majority is usually given to the winning party -> if theparty has a majority means it can push through legislation which may actuallybe unpopular, such as the Poll Tax, but regardless it was passed

    Due to partyloyalty & whips MPs will pass legislation regardless of whether they agreewith it!!
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    (Original post by Student 1305)
    I did Democracy and Elections - that 25 mark democracy question was not fun. at all....
    I'm so lucky I didn't do the democracy questions! That question was awful though. I remember that section of democracy being absolutely small in content. I hope they lower the grade boundaries for everyone- I think the examiners realised we selectively revised instead of revising all 4 topics. As democracy is the most popular topic out of all 4, they wanted to make it hard for everyone.
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    (Original post by Defraction)
    No, it's fine. It's very true though, you must understand the question to actually fully answer it. But I'm just looking at exemplar answers that either did good or bad and see the examiner's commentary to that answer. I usually do this after I revised but I really cannot be bothered to revise. I despise Unit 2. I just cannot wait till we finish this exam.

    I'm worried that there might be a horrible question like there was one in our Unit 1 Democracy and apparently pressure groups questions. PLEASE CAN THE CONSTITUTION QUESTION BE GOOD AND IT'S A 40 MARK
    I'm in the exact same boat
    I'm petrified that the unit 2 Qu will be disgusting and on the EU or something
    I also want the constitution as a 40 marker
    Preferably 'the constitution is no longer fit for purpose'disuss 😂
    Unit 1 was a disaster so you can just imagine Lool
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    (Original post by Defraction)
    I'm so lucky I didn't do the democracy questions! That question was awful though. I remember that section of democracy being absolutely small in content. I hope they lower the grade boundaries for everyone- I think the examiners realised we selectively revised instead of revising all 4 topics. As democracy is the most popular topic out of all 4, they wanted to make it hard for everyone.
    I'm thinking this as well and there are only so many questions they can ask
    But why oh why did they have to be mean this year ffs
    The year before was so easy compared to this year
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    (Original post by Defraction)
    I'm so lucky I didn't do the democracy questions! That question was awful though. I remember that section of democracy being absolutely small in content. I hope they lower the grade boundaries for everyone- I think the examiners realised we selectively revised instead of revising all 4 topics. As democracy is the most popular topic out of all 4, they wanted to make it hard for everyone.
    Yep they've definitely realised that the majority of us do selective revision What would you advise to learn for the Parliament topic?
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    I'm in the exact same boat
    I'm petrified that the unit 2 Qu will be disgusting and on the EU or something
    I also want the constitution as a 40 marker
    Preferably 'the constitution is no longer fit for purpose'disuss 😂
    Unit 1 was a disaster so you can just imagine Lool
    Consitution is one of the most popular topics so it might be awful or Parliament perhaps. Wait, did you pick Democracy and Pressure Groups. Political parties was AMAZING, I was so happy that it was amazing.
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    I'm thinking this as well and there are only so many questions they can ask
    But why oh why did they have to be mean this year ffs
    The year before was so easy compared to this year
    Our year tends to do better than other years

    I swear we are like the guinea pig year, they always want to test things on us

    First, it was our GCSE Mathematics Paper then our IGCSE English Language Paper.

    Then, most of the A level exams.

    WHY!!!!!!
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    Consitution is one of the most popular topics so it might be awful or Parliament perhaps. Wait, did you pick Democracy and Pressure Groups. Political parties was AMAZING, I was so happy that it was amazing.
    Picked democracy and electors
    But we need to think what they could ask
    Because again there is only so much to say
    But how horrible were they
    'Devolves bodies and EU affected representation' wtf lol. That has never been asked since the syllabus was created. My teacher was fuming and said they were so harsh this year because we didn't do much on the EU. Devolution is also a unit 2 topic lol.
    I guess that's why you should always learn 3 but I got a B last year so at least I keep that because I no I did worse this year than last lool
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    (Original post by Student 1305)
    Yep they've definitely realised that the majority of us do selective revision What would you advise to learn for the Parliament topic?
    I'm not the one you're asking, but I'd recommend that you revise the functions of parliament (and whether they are performed well), the arguments for and against an elected house of lords, and which one needs more reform as a whole (as a consequence of how well each perform their functions).
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    Our year tends to do better than other years

    I swear we are like the guinea pig year, they always want to test things on us

    First, it was our GCSE Mathematics Paper then our IGCSE English Language Paper.

    Then, most of the A level exams.

    WHY!!!!!!
    What are you learning for the constitution?
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    (Original post by Defraction)
    Consitution is one of the most popular topics so it might be awful or Parliament perhaps. Wait, did you pick Democracy and Pressure Groups. Political parties was AMAZING, I was so happy that it was amazing.
    I LOVED the pressure groups questions! The 25 marker was such a God-send as I had written an essay on it that my teacher gave me 23/25 for so I wrote a plan on it the night before and had examples and everything! I finished 10 minutes early, probably thanks to that extra prep for that question as I literally just regurgitated my plan!

    The democracy question however... I died inside for like 5 minutes.

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    thank you so much!!!!
    (Original post by LennyBicknel)
    I'm not the one you're asking, but I'd recommend that you revise the functions of parliament (and whether they are performed well), the arguments for and against an elected house of lords, and which one needs more reform as a whole (as a consequence of how well each perform their functions).
 
 
 
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