At this stage the theory has been learned, but it needs to be backed up with excellent case studies and a deep understanding of the most important issues surrounding each of the topics.

We have done this many times across the year but I want to collate them all in one place for you and use excellent resources like http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/politics/C113 to put it all together and make it easier for you to revise from

To collate the case studies for the politicisation of judges and HRA click here 

To collect and collate examples about both select and standing committees click here - unhide the writing by changing the colour font and then add to it with examples from Tutor2u

To collate examples for the core executive and problems with special advisers click here

To collate examples for the roles and functions of parliament with examples click here

Use this powerpoint and the Chapter 14 in your textbook to revise the role and importance of the Civil Service

Could also use this powerpoint as better guidance on the topic with some useful definitions and case studies
Click here for an excellent account of how much reform has taken place in the House of Lords

Click here for the debate we had on the House of Lords reform

To get a better idea of the exam questions and what types of answer examiners are looking for, take a look at the resources below from last year's exam paper. Note the questions, the indicative content for each. Notice also what the candidates did well from the report and try to replicate this in your attempts


Click here for June 10 Unit 2 Exam


Click here for the June 10 Markscheme


Click here for the June 10 Examiner's Report


Jan 09 Paper for you to use for revision

Past Question Practice

If you plan and practise all these style questions you will be very well set for the exam.

Remember that all questions will be related to a document which MUST be referred to. I couldn't link them all to a document so you must be aware of this before the exam so it doesn't come as a shock.

Mr McDermott will be very pleased if you spend Easter practising these at the top level with the relevant examples and detail so that you will be prepared for the exam. He is lookign for one whole question to be answered and one to be planned for Monday 4th April 2011. There will be a progress test that day in class as well for 45mins

Click here for all the past questions we used in class on Tuesday 29th March 2011

Click here for the powerpoint that accompanied the lesson

Past Papers and Mark schemes to practise


Click here for Unit 2 Support

Click here for Jan 09 Unit 2 Paper

CLick here for Jan 09 Unit 2 Mark scheme

Click here for Jun 09 Unit 2 Paper

Click here for Jun 09 Markscheme

Click here for Jan 10 Unit 2 Paper

Click here for Jan 10 Mark scheme

Click here for Jun 10 Unit 2 Paper

Click here for Jun 10 Markscheme

Click here for Jan 11 Question paper

Click here for Jan 11 Markscheme

Click here for Jun 11 Question Paper


Click here for Jun 11 Markscheme

Click here for Jan 12 Question

Click here for Jan 12 Markscheme

Click here for Jun 12 question Paper

Click here for Jun 12 Markscheme

Click here for an excellent overview as to how Parliament works with key definitions of responsibility

Click here for a good presentation and resources on Parliament and what its function is and how it manifests itself

Click here for the resource we tried to build up

Click here for the methods it takes to get a bill through parliament


Here is the specimen paper for UNit 2 for practise.
Click here for the powerpoint we will be using on the Judiciary this week beginning 7th Dec 09.


This powerpoint to help revision on the Judiciary - click here

A selection of Unit 2 essay questions for practise and revision. Click here for the indicative content from the exam board.


Click here for which question each of you will make into a powerpoint to be saved here next lesson to help with everyone's revision. (Mr McDermott's set)

Click here for  Unit2 style questions for a set of past papers to write up for revision - good luck


All of them are to discussed - this means you must show both sides of the debate and give a conclusion which show judgement.

To get a better idea of the exam questions and what types of answer examiners are looking for, take a look at the resources below from last year's exam paper. Note the questions, the indicative content for each. Notice also what the candidates did well from the report and try to replicate this in your attempts

Click here for Jun 10 Unit 2 Question Paper

Click here for Jun 10 Unit 2 Mark scheme

Click here for Jun 10 Examiners Report

Click here for Jan 11 Unit 2 QP

Click here for Jan 11 Mark scheme not yet online

Click here for Jun 11 QP

Click here for Jun 11 Mark scheme

Click here for Jan 12 QP

Click here for Jan 12 Markscheme




Plan your essays using a model of 3 core arguments for and 2 against (or vice versa depending on the question)

Try to work to writing an answer under 27min timed condition without your notes

There should be a specific intro that outlines the key terms and area of debate

  • Each paragraph should try to start with the Big Idea and its importance.
  • There should be relevant and modern examples.
  • Try to use the specific example well so it sounds stronger in your account.
  • Do not repeat examples across your exam as it will sound hollow later.
  • Try to link each big idea back to the question

  • In your conclusion show judgement by round off the main lines of argument.
  • Hand in some examples to your teacher for them to look through and mark to make sure your practise is going along the right lines.