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    (Original post by chaz100)
    I thought the 10 markers were alright.

    For the democracy one, I just put:
    - compulsory voting would increase turnouts to make the government more legitimate, like in Australia they had a 93% turnout from it and ours is only 66%
    - voting could be regarded as a civic duty, like jury duty, and thus made compulsory
    - compulsory voting would encourage participation from groups like under 24 year olds, who don't normally vote, therefore making the government more representative of society

    But, I found the pressure groups one really hard, I said:
    - Being an outsider could lead groups to resort to illegal action
    - Groups that lack financial power may resort to illegal action in order to gain publicity
    - But then I couldn't really think of a third one... So I put, groups may grow frustrated with the government, and therefore resort to illegal action, and used the example of Fathers4Justice plotting to kidnap Blair's son in 2006

    How do you think I did?
    Your first point for democracy is correct, second one I wouldn't give marks for and the third one needs more expansion; how would making under 24s voting make the government more representative specifically?

    First two PG's points are correct but publicity and financial power could have been seperated but probably still good enough. Third one might be correct not sure/
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    The failure or exhaustion of conventional or legal routes may causedirect action (illegal action) as a last resort, the illegal activity of theprotestors against the hunting ban broke the law in frustration

    This is a point you could have made in the illegal one
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    (Original post by Pato1)
    Your first point for democracy is correct, second one I wouldn't give marks for and the third one needs more expansion; how would making under 24s voting make the government more representative specifically?

    First two PG's points are correct but publicity and financial power could have been seperated but probably still good enough. Third one might be correct not sure/
    (Original post by Ryhimabegum)
    I answered that question but I argued yes they are still traditional because of the rise of corbynism. I gave 3 arguments for and 2 against
    (Original post by UKStudent17)
    For the pressure group 10 marker, I talked about:

    1) Being an 'outsider' group may lead to illegal methods.
    2) All other [legal] alternatives tried and failed.
    3) Illegal methods can in some ways be more effective in gaining media attention and publicity.

    Examples I used: Fathers4Justice and the ALF (Animal Liberation Front)
    (Original post by chaz100)
    I thought the 10 markers were alright.

    For the democracy one, I just put:
    - compulsory voting would increase turnouts to make the government more legitimate, like in Australia they had a 93% turnout from it and ours is only 66%
    - voting could be regarded as a civic duty, like jury duty, and thus made compulsory
    - compulsory voting would encourage participation from groups like under 24 year olds, who don't normally vote, therefore making the government more representative of society

    But, I found the pressure groups one really hard, I said:
    - Being an outsider could lead groups to resort to illegal action
    - Groups that lack financial power may resort to illegal action in order to gain publicity
    - But then I couldn't really think of a third one... So I put, groups may grow frustrated with the government, and therefore resort to illegal action, and used the example of Fathers4Justice plotting to kidnap Blair's son in 2006

    How do you think I did?
    The exam was okay for me. But many students walked out of the exam hall after 30 mins. The questions were okay but i think the time constraint proved too much. I think Edexcel has found out the loophole that students are doing selective studying by focusing on two topics for Unit 1 by rote memory so they decided to fuse questions together?
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    (Original post by espicton98)
    was I right to write about the west Lothian question in the democracy 25 marker ?
    Damn right


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    Every single exam this year has been unconventional and because there's been this paper for around 7 years they have to spice up the questions as everyone keeps memorising essays, you can't really blame them but the democracy one was a bit harsh if you had no prior knowledge of what our EU membership entails
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    (Original post by Pato1)
    Your first point for democracy is correct, second one I wouldn't give marks for and the third one needs more expansion; how would making under 24s voting make the government more representative specifically?

    First two PG's points are correct but publicity and financial power could have been seperated but probably still good enough. Third one might be correct not sure/
    The second point about it being a civic duty has been on the mark scheme for previous past papers, like Jan 2012, and it is in my revision guide, so I'm fairly sure that should be okay. In my third point I basically said how in the 2015 general election, over 65s were almost twice as likely to vote as under 24s. Yet, if voting was made compulsory, younger people would be encouraged to vote and this would increase the representation of their interests in government.
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    (Original post by Hannaha124)
    What did you guys put for the 25 Marker for democracy?

    I talked about how there's a low turnout for the elections of EU institutions, which can hinder democracy. However as Parliament's sovereignty overrides this.
    I also talked about devolution Is good because it creates a more efficient representation.
    yh I spoke about that too x
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    (Original post by UKStudent17)
    I'm sure you did better than you think! Which topics did you go for?
    I hope so, because I just can't think of anything positive about that exam haha!

    I went for elections and pressure groups, we weren't taught about parties so avoided that and the democracy 25 marker looked horrendous

    What did you go for?
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    (Original post by Babs Posh)
    I hope so, because I just can't think of anything positive about that exam haha!

    I went for elections and pressure groups, we weren't taught about parties so avoided that and the democracy 25 marker looked horrendous

    What did you go for?
    I went for the same topics. I was hoping to do democracy but then I saw that 25 marker and steered right away from it and moved on to electoral systems instead! And the political party 25 marker was the one I really was hoping not to come up, so I avoided that too.
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    Hey, I just wanted to see what people thought of my answers.
    I did Elections and PGs.

    Elections 5 Mark:

    Differences between elections and referendums.

    - Elections is a form of representative democracy
    --> general elections
    --> MP and constituent

    WHEREAS,

    - Referendums is a form of direct democracy
    - Representatives act on behalf of the people.

    2. In elections the electorate give a party, candidate mandate.
    whereas, a referendum is a direct question asked to the public regarding a specific issue. e.g. Scotland referendum.

    _______________________________

    Elections 10 Mark

    Elections and democracy

    - Universal suffrage
    - one person one vote + secret ballot
    - competition between parties

    (went slightly into depth but I don't remember giving examples)

    ________________________________ _______

    Elections 25 Mark

    Assess the merits of the different electoral systems used in the UK

    - FPTP
    --> wrote about how it works
    --> used in westminister elections
    --> clear and simple to understand - slightly into depth

    criticism- all votes not of equal value so not proportional.

    - AMS
    --> wrote about how it works.
    --> used in: Scottish parliament, welsh ass, greater London ass
    --> hybrid
    --> more wider, informed choices - slightly into depth

    criticism - hybrid system is confusing as they have to cast two votes etc.

    SV
    --> London mayoral elections
    --> wrote about how it works
    --> 50% rule (merit)

    I wrote a mini conclusion

    I lacked examples.

    What do you guys think?

    I think Pressure Groups went well Alhamdulillah

    10 Mark took me some time

    - All other legal methods have been tried
    - Gain publicity, media attention
    - I cant remember my last point but I think it was something random

    I just used fathers 4 justice as an example.
    Really did lack examples.

    hopefully we all did well!
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    Exam went alright I think. I had difficulty thinking of three reasons for making voting compulsory, but I did it in the end.

    I remember that I also had difficulty with the democracy 5 marker. I've heard of Parliamentary sovereignty and Parliamentary government, but not Parliamentary democracy. So I basically just fused Parliamentary sovereignty and Parliamentary government. I said about Parliament being supreme and all that, that people should participate, and that the government was drawn from Parliament. I know that that the question only asked for two, but I figured that they wouldn't take marks away if I did more.

    The democracy 25 marker I found unconventional, nothing like any of the past papers. I wrote about how EU membership affected sovereignty, civil liberties, and how it contributed to political strife. For devolution, I talked about sovereignty and how it made people in the specific regions feel more represented, which makes them support the political system more.

    I get extra time, but even I felt really pressed for time. How did the rest of you guys find the time?
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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    Exam went alright I think. I had difficulty thinking of three reasons for making voting compulsory, but I did it in the end.

    I remember that I also had difficulty with the democracy 5 marker. I've heard of Parliamentary sovereignty and Parliamentary government, but not Parliamentary democracy. So I basically just fused Parliamentary sovereignty and Parliamentary government. I said about Parliament being supreme and all that, that people should participate, and that the government was drawn from Parliament. I know that that the question only asked for two, but I figured that they wouldn't take marks away if I did more.

    The democracy 25 marker I found unconventional, nothing like any of the past papers. I wrote about how EU membership affected sovereignty, civil liberties, and how it contributed to political strife. For devolution, I talked about sovereignty and how it made people in the specific regions feel more represented, which makes them support the political system more.

    I get extra time, but even I felt really pressed for time. How did the rest of you guys find the time?
    Pretty horrible for me, to be honest. It's literally a mark a minute, so there's no time to consider questions, make a plan, maybe even check your answers at the end and correct anything. I'm surprised I even finished all my questions, by no means to the standard I wanted them to be though. My (25) marker on pressure groups had to be rushed; my points suggesting power is in decline were, at most, 4-5 lines long.

    How much extra time did you receive, out of interest?
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    (Original post by UKStudent17)
    Pretty horrible for me, to be honest. It's literally a mark a minute, so there's no time to consider questions, make a plan, maybe even check your answers at the end and correct anything. I'm surprised I even finished all my questions, by no means to the standard I wanted them to be though. My (25) marker on pressure groups had to be rushed; my points suggesting power is in decline were, at most, 4-5 lines long.

    How much extra time did you receive, out of interest?
    25%, so an extra 20 minutes.

    I also use a word processor, and I was so pressed for time that for one of the questions I think I had to just copy and paste my introduction as my conclusion, and add 'In conclusion...' at the beginning of it.
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    Hey guys I'm really worried! I feel today's exam went well! I hope you all did too! However I completely misread the 25 marker for democracy!😓 Only talking about (in detail) about the effects of the EU! So ignoring the devolved assemblies.. I just wondered have I completely messed it up? Cheers
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    (Original post by hbaig27)
    Do you guys think boundaries will go down??
    I think slightly. Think edexcel have realised that people just revise democracy and one or two other topics and can memorise all the questions that they ask, so the curveball they put in today will probably push it down a bit
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    (Original post by iamafailure101)
    Guys fasting and doing exams I can only pray for the grade boundaries to be low
    I've been fasting as well.

    It's not about Ramadan, it's about what you know

    Tough feeling exhausted now.
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    (Original post by Mistir)
    Here's plan for the question:


    « IsLabour returning to its Socialist roots ? »


    YES –Equality : Rich should be taxed the most, the poor theleast :
    -Labourintroduced MINIMUM WAGE
    -suppportreintrodicuing 50p tax fot those earning +£100,000/year
    -Againstcuts to tax credits done by the Tory gov. and voted against thecut of the EMA in 2011.

    NO –Nothing wrong with getting rich, as long as there is equality ofopportunity ;
    -povertygap grew under Blair/Brown + Brown abolished 10p rate of tax poorest paying + taxes
    -EdBalls shadow chancellor announced « Labour not to reverse cutsby coalition »


    YES - Active rôle of the state :
    -Under Blair, massive inscrease of state spending from £2000 in1997 to £5000 in 2007 per student.
    -Brown Gov nationalised failing banks (NORHERN ROCK/RBS)
    -Corbyn announced nationalisation of Railway

    NO – A mixed ecnonomy : Labour did NOT reverse Thatcherprivatisation scheme when in gov.
    -Brown privatised the Tote
    -introduced academies in 2000

    YES – Internationalism :
    -Brown promoted the cause of poverty in the world, and recentlythe US
    + campaingned for more money to fight Malaria
    -Also supported Make Poverty History (taking insider status)
    -Corbyn and Miliband URGED party to vote against action in Syriain 2015
    promoting UN action + Corbyn believes in disarmement

    NO – Humanitarian interventionn sometimes necessary, w/ or w/outinternational support :
    -Diplomacy does not always work ; Blair launched Iraq War in2004 despite objection of international community
    -Miliband supported though actioons against ISIS
    -More than 60 Labour MPs to vote FOR the military action,including Shadow Foreign Secretary Benn
    I said yesterday revise for it aand even wrote a plan!
    THose who did Political parties know what I'm talkng about

    PS: 25 markers for elections was about something like "TO what extent does the labour party remain New Labour?"
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    (Original post by Abstract_Prism)
    25%, so an extra 20 minutes.

    I also use a word processor, and I was so pressed for time that for one of the questions I think I had to just copy and paste my introduction as my conclusion, and add 'In conclusion...' at the beginning of it.
    can you use the dictionary in word
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    (Original post by EricAteYou)
    You didn't make the mistake and say the ECHR ( and thus HRA ) is part of the EU did you? I know many people who fell in that trap. Interesting comment about MEPs being able to argue for Britain on a bigger platform, I've always been critical of that point due to EU parliament being split via party not country. Regardless, good answer
    No haha. I'm an A2 student re-sitting an AS module (at A2, I study the EU in Unit 4) so I avoided that mistake. I did argue the point about the bigger platform with the fact that ministers of other countries have their own national interests at the top of their agenda.


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    The Jan 13 Essay question was "c) Should direct democracy be more widely used in the UK?", and their grade boundaries were 53 for an A

    Since our question was substantially harder, our boundaries would probably decrease, from 58, last year?
 
 
 
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