Edexcel AS Gov/Pol- It is enough to wholly revise only 2 topics for Unit 1? Watch

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As title states.
We're given an option of 4 topics, so it makes sense to only learn 2 in exceptional detail so we can do well in them right?
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No, I would aim to learn 2 in exceptional detail, 1 in almost exceptional detail and another is really good detail. I was talking to my teacher about this and she said although you may think at first you only need to focus on two a) you could revise, for example, democracy and get a horrible question whilst the other three are easy and b) all the topics are linked so you need to know all the content in order to apply it to other topics (political parties and pressure groups are good examples as they can sometimes be used as paragraphs in eachothers 25 markers)
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What's easier pressure groups or political parties

I find pressure groups hard
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What's easier pressure groups or political parties

I find pressure groups hard
We didn't learn pressure groups- but democracy and participation is the easiest for me. I haven't even looked at revising unit 2 yet.
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We didn't learn pressure groups- but democracy and participation is the easiest for me. I haven't even looked at revising unit 2 yet.
You need to learn 3 topics in case one of the questions is really horrible

PGS is apparently easier than political parties. Apparently political parties is the hardest out of the 4 topics
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You need to learn 3 topics in case one of the questions is really horrible

PGS is apparently easier than political parties. Apparently political parties is the hardest out of the 4 topics
Instead of learning pressure groups, I'm just focusing on consolidating my knowledge on the other three topics. I'm most likely to answer questions on elections and democracy.
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Instead of learning pressure groups, I'm just focusing on consolidating my knowledge on the other three topics. I'm most likely to answer questions on elections and democracy.
Yup I agree . Last years democracy qu was awful though
Why don't you skim over pressure groups. Political parties is harder imo and apparently people don't do well in that question
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No because everything ties in together. Do everything except pressure groups, so that's 3. 1) it's safer 2) the knowledge can be crossed over to other topics.
Same goes for unit 2 except skip multi level governing
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What's easier pressure groups or political parties

I find pressure groups hard
Pressure groups is easier but boring so you might struggle like I did. Political parties is interesting and familiar with a fair more amount to learn, but if you find it interesting & are familiar it's a walk In the park. Also A LOT of content from political parties can be transferred to the other topics even in unit 2, so it's more worth it. Pressure groups is exclusive, what you learn can hardly be transferred
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I agree with the above posts; I've also just had a last change of mind and I'm not learning pressure groups and instead learning political parties, alongside with democracy and participation and elections units. Is that the right thing do you think guys?
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I agree with the above posts; I've also just had a last change of mind and I'm not learning pressure groups and instead learning political parties, alongside with democracy and participation and elections units. Is that the right thing do you think guys?
Definitely! Good luck also look on here for some great essay plans although it's AQA, you might be able to find some Edexcel stuff still useful and relevant info https://getrevising.co.uk/resources/...nt_essay_plans
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Pressure groups is easier but boring so you might struggle like I did. Political parties is interesting and familiar with a fair more amount to learn, but if you find it interesting & are familiar it's a walk In the park. Also A LOT of content from political parties can be transferred to the other topics even in unit 2, so it's more worth it. Pressure groups is exclusive, what you learn can hardly be transferred
Hmmm thanks for the reply
I've revised elections and democracy...have s month to revise another one.
I do agree with you....pressure groups is boring . I read a bit today and it was a snooze lol.
I've heard a lot of bad things about PP though. Heard that people don't do as well in it and also the wording of the questions are harder. Like it's not a straight forward for and against structure....
Did you do political parties?
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I agree with the above posts; I've also just had a last change of mind and I'm not learning pressure groups and instead learning political parties, alongside with democracy and participation and elections units. Is that the right thing do you think guys?
Why?
Have you gone through the past papers? Political parties looks tricky imo. Especially the 25 markers.
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Hmmm thanks for the reply
I've revised elections and democracy...have s month to revise another one.
I do agree with you....pressure groups is boring . I read a bit today and it was a snooze lol.
I've heard a lot of bad things about PP though. Heard that people don't do as well in it and also the wording of the questions are harder. Like it's not a straight forward for and against structure....
Did you do political parties?
I loved political parties last year and this year, however I did actually do it because my teacher cut them off half way even though I expressed I really wanted to do it, so we learnt some of the content, I went back and did most but barely did any exam questions, I was getting high Bs/low As tho. This year for USA im gonna go ahead and finish political parties and do some exam questions and see how it goes but even if you don't plan to do it in the exam, its content is still so helpful. I planned on being solid in Participation & voting behaviour and Electoral systems while studying political parties as a back up.

They tend to ask about parties being more or less ideological (which is really easy!) but last year for AQA I'm pretty sure it was something about party structures - I didn't bother with that part so I didn't attempt it. If it was about ideologies and the simple like leadership elections I would've done it for sure. USA parties is much easier, did you know there's no national Democratic Party or Republican Party? Theres only state parties
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I loved political parties last year and this year, however I did actually do it because my teacher cut them off half way even though I expressed I really wanted to do it, so we learnt some of the content, I went back and did most but barely did any exam questions, I was getting high Bs/low As tho. This year for USA im gonna go ahead and finish political parties and do some exam questions and see how it goes but even if you don't plan to do it in the exam, its content is still so helpful. I planned on being solid in Participation & voting behaviour and Electoral systems while studying political parties as a back up.

They tend to ask about parties being more or less ideological (which is really easy!) but last year for AQA I'm pretty sure it was something about party structures - I didn't bother with that part so I didn't attempt it. If it was about ideologies and the simple like leadership elections I would've done it for sure. USA parties is much easier, did you know there's no national Democratic Party or Republican Party? Theres only state parties
Wait are you doing aqa or edexcel?
I'm doing edexcel
Are you retaking unit 1?
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Wait are you doing aqa or edexcel?
I'm doing edexcel
Are you retaking unit 1?
AQA, it's the exact same content just different exam structure at A2, at AS it's the same 5,10,25. The last edexcel political parties 25 question was easy - "To what extent has the Labour Party moved away from its traditional principles" - you just state its traditional principals, trade union influence, you can do a lot on New Labour and abdonading socialism/Clause 4, continued commitment to public services and education, redistribution of wealth/welfare state, HOL reform, post new Labour with Miliband led to a one member one vote system reshaping influences then you counter argue it saying core principles remained through the time of New Labour and with Jeremy Corbyn you might as well bring back Clause 4.

The 5 mark was just to explain one function of a political party - easy.

The 10 is a little tricky - "Explain how ideological traditions have influenced policies within the Conservative party" I guess you could mention the long time split on the EU referendum leading to brexit. Thatcherism. Privatisation/small government. One nation conservatism.

So it's easy stuff given you don't get a mean question, and this stuff can be transferred e.g HOL reform is relevant in unit 2.

And nope I got an A, but you get similar topics at A2 if you choose USA. Beg your school not to do USA, it's awful.
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(Original post by zayn008)
AQA, it's the exact same content just different exam structure at A2, at AS it's the same 5,10,25. The last edexcel political parties 25 question was easy - "To what extent has the Labour Party moved away from its traditional principles" - you just state its traditional principals, trade union influence, you can do a lot on New Labour and abdonading socialism/Clause 4, continued commitment to public services and education, redistribution of wealth/welfare state, HOL reform, post new Labour with Miliband led to a one member one vote system reshaping influences then you counter argue it saying core principles remained through the time of New Labour and with Jeremy Corbyn you might as well bring back Clause 4.

The 5 mark was just to explain one function of a political party - easy.

The 10 is a little tricky - "Explain how ideological traditions have influenced policies within the Conservative party" I guess you could mention the long time split on the EU referendum leading to brexit. Thatcherism. Privatisation/small government. One nation conservatism.

So it's easy stuff given you don't get a mean question, and this stuff can be transferred e.g HOL reform is relevant in unit 2.

And nope I got an A, but you get similar topics at A2 if you choose USA. Beg your school not to do USA, it's awful.
Thanks for that
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I'm doing political ideologies
I'm doing AS and A2 in one year.
I always thought USA would be easier
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Thanks for that
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I'm doing political ideologies
I'm doing AS and A2 in one year.
I always thought USA would be easier
If you're doing ideologies for A2, political parties is a MUST at AS. It's even more beneficial since you'll cover socialism, conservatism and liberalism But in the context of UK parties.

You'd think so... but the USA is more complex, and its boring because its pretty much the same as AS but adapted to the US government.. ideologies you're actually learning new stuff not just comparing to a similar but more complex system if you get what i mean. I really wanted to do ideologies and political parties is the closest topic to it which is why I like studying it
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Basically, you could just revise two. I would advise maybe a third too to a high standard in case one of the two you revised was particularly hard (or the exam board decided not to include it). My teacher says that the exam boards know that people do this and would rather discourage it so they might do something sneaky this year...

Also a piece of advice is to really study a topic in-depth that most people wouldn't answer (so perhaps the more discouraging, difficult or stereotypically boring topics). This is because the grade boundaries are more likely to be low in these sections.
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