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Hi everyone,

I've not found an official OCR thread for this years F853 and F855 exams; if there is one please let me know.

Unfortunately I don't have any predictions for the exams questions.
However, I've been looking through the past papers for the F853 exam from January 2010 up to June 2014 and the compulsory question trend goes as followed:

June 14: Congress
June 13: Pressure Groups
Janu 13: Presidency
June 12: Supreme Court
Janu 12: Congress
June 11: Constitution
Janu 11: Pressure Groups
June 10: Political Parties
Janu 10: Elections

I was wondering if anyone could fill in the blank as to what the June 2015 compulsory question was or if they know where to find a copy of last years questions. It would be a huge help!

From there it may be possible to make an 'educated guess' at what topics have a higher probability of being asked.

Any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome
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Hiya! I put this in the A Level exam thread directory (which you can find here) use it to find discussions about your other exams Image Let me know if I've missed one out or if you make a discussion thread yourself! Image
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Bumping!
Hopefully some people are taking OCR A2 and not just AS
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Bumping!
Hopefully some people are taking OCR A2 and not just AS
Yesss! finally come across someone who studies it! I'm studying F854 and F856 which units were you studying?
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Yesss! finally come across someone who studies it! I'm studying F854 and F856 which units were you studying?
Oh no! I'm taking F853 and F855
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Oh no! I'm taking F853 and F855
Aaaah that's a shame I did have the June 2015 Papers but sadly not for those options though you may have come across this but it might be of some use to you it has some links that cover your 2 units as well:

http://www.tutor2u.net/politics/blog...ts-crunch-time
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Aaaah that's a shame I did have the June 2015 Papers but sadly not for those options though you may have come across this but it might be of some use to you it has some links that cover your 2 units as well:

http://www.tutor2u.net/politics/blog...ts-crunch-time
Aw that's brilliant! Thank you
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Aw that's brilliant! Thank you
Aha no worries! I've just remembered another resource mainly because it bugged me as it wasn't for my unit, you might be familiar with pre-chewed politics, they produce some materials for revision and you might find them useful even though they are only samples (don't bother buying a subscription definitely not worth 280 quid for a paper in 4 days)

1) US Case study (March 2016) - Brokered Convention: https://www.prechewedpolitics.co.uk/...convention.pdf

2) US revision pack (sample): https://www.prechewedpolitics.co.uk/...ranch_2016.pdf

Hope these prove much more useful than I could ever find them!
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Aha no worries! I've just remembered another resource mainly because it bugged me as it wasn't for my unit, you might be familiar with pre-chewed politics, they produce some materials for revision and you might find them useful even though they are only samples (don't bother buying a subscription definitely not worth 280 quid for a paper in 4 days)

1) US Case study (March 2016) - Brokered Convention: https://www.prechewedpolitics.co.uk/...convention.pdf

2) US revision pack (sample): https://www.prechewedpolitics.co.uk/...ranch_2016.pdf

Hope these prove much more useful than I could ever find them!
You're full of great resources! Thank you! I wish I had some for your units in return now but I don't know what they're about
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You're full of great resources! Thank you! I wish I had some for your units in return now but I don't know what they're about
Haha you're welcome, not to worry if you don't come across anything but if you do I would be ever so grateful, I'll mention the topics I cover below (obviously I don't expect you to go out of your way to search for them) best of luck with your exams for Politics and any other subjects - assuming you'll be taking it on the 14th and 16th of June?

F854:
Liberalism and socialism
Conservatism and nationalism
Alternative ideologies
Democratic theory
The state, nation, sovereignty and globalisation
Power, authority & legitimacy
Rights, liberty & equality
Law, order, justice and obligation

F856:
All the above but in practice (examples)
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Haha you're welcome, not to worry if you don't come across anything but if you do I would be ever so grateful, I'll mention the topics I cover below (obviously I don't expect you to go out of your way to search for them) best of luck with your exams for Politics and any other subjects - assuming you'll be taking it on the 14th and 16th of June?

F854:
Liberalism and socialism
Conservatism and nationalism
Alternative ideologies
Democratic theory
The state, nation, sovereignty and globalisation
Power, authority & legitimacy
Rights, liberty & equality
Law, order, justice and obligation

F856:
All the above but in practice (examples)
If I spot anything I'll let you know!
My exams are indeed on the 14th and 16th, so good luck to you too
Also, your units sound really complicated compared to the ones I'm taking. How do they link with F851 and F852?
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If I spot anything I'll let you know!
My exams are indeed on the 14th and 16th, so good luck to you too
Also, your units sound really complicated compared to the ones I'm taking. How do they link with F851 and F852?
Aaah yeah I know, I think that's why for future years our school has switched over to Edexcel, our school has always done F854 and F856 since that's what the teachers were best at instead of the US stuff. The only similarity I can find is that the stuff we learned from AS provides dozens of good examples to implement into unit 4 so it does have some synoptic element to it.
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Aaah yeah I know, I think that's why for future years our school has switched over to Edexcel, our school has always done F854 and F856 since that's what the teachers were best at instead of the US stuff. The only similarity I can find is that the stuff we learned from AS provides dozens of good examples to implement into unit 4 so it does have some synoptic element to it.
That sounds like a pain to me!
As long as you under stand it then it's all good
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anyone for f853 and f855 got predictions? from their teachers or just general observations? would be v grateful
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Hi everyone,

I've not found an official OCR thread for this years F853 and F855 exams; if there is one please let me know.

Unfortunately I don't have any predictions for the exams questions.
However, I've been looking through the past papers for the F853 exam from January 2010 up to June 2014 and the compulsory question trend goes as followed:

June 14: Congress
June 13: Pressure Groups
Janu 13: Presidency
June 12: Supreme Court
Janu 12: Congress
June 11: Constitution
Janu 11: Pressure Groups
June 10: Political Parties
Janu 10: Elections

I was wondering if anyone could fill in the blank as to what the June 2015 compulsory question was or if they know where to find a copy of last years questions. It would be a huge help!

From there it may be possible to make an 'educated guess' at what topics have a higher probability of being asked.

Any ideas or suggestions are more than welcome
June 15 was voting behaviour, so elections.

The exact question was
a) Outline the reasons for alignment and dealigment. (10 marks)
b) Assess the significance of race, religion and region as influences on voting behaviour. (15 marks)
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June 15 was voting behaviour, so elections.

The exact question was
a) Outline the reasons for alignment and dealigment. (10 marks)
b) Assess the significance of race, religion and region as influences on voting behaviour. (15 marks)
That sounds lovely!
Imagine if the compulsory question this year is about Federalism

Do you have any predictions?
I'm thinking it could be the Constitution or Political Parties! But that's just my thoughts.
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That sounds lovely!
Imagine if the compulsory question this year is about Federalism

Do you have any predictions?
I'm thinking it could be the Constitution or Political Parties! But that's just my thoughts.
Those seem most likely!! Yeah I think if it was federalism it would include an a) question on history of federalism, then a b) on the relationship between the president's party and changing federalism under that president in recent years? Idk
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Those seem most likely!! Yeah I think if it was federalism it would include an a) question on history of federalism, then a b) on the relationship between the president's party and changing federalism under that president in recent years? Idk
That would make sense. I'm really not looking forward to tomorrow
It is 30mins per question right?
Also, what topic areas are you looking at?
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Yep, 30 minutes!
All of them in terms of basic knowledge and important evidence, then focusing on constitution, presidency, civil rights, supreme court, pressure groups and elections. You?
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Yep, 30 minutes!
All of them in terms of basic knowledge and important evidence, then focusing on constitution, presidency, civil rights, supreme court, pressure groups and elections. You?
Wow, that's a lot.
I'm just doing the constitution, political parties, presidency and Supreme Court.
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