About the exam
Modern Studies consists of two papers, worth 90 marks in total:
This revision bite focuses on paper one, for more information about paper two check out the section on the the decision making exercise.
On the front of your paper, the sections will be outlined. You will have to answer four essay questions:
Ensure you know what sections you have covered in class. Circle these areas to ensure that you do not try to answer a section you have not studied.
Once you have opened your paper read through the questions in the relevant sections and circle the essays you are going to answer.
Remember you do not have to do them in order, however be sure that you clearly write what essay question you are answering on your paper.
Types of questions
Paper one questions are analytical in style. You will have to show Knowledge and Understanding (KU) of a particular issue. You will also have to analyse and evaluate the arguments.
Success in Paper 1
Example question from the 2009 paper:
To what extent does social class affect voting behaviour? (15 marks)
Here is the structure you would use to make each point in your essay:
Point: "Social class is a measure of a person’s status in society and evidence shows that people in the different social classes vote in different ways."
Explain: "More people voted conservative in social classes A/B in the 2005 UK elections than voted for any other party. The Conservative party has traditionally had more support from the wealthier social classes."
Example: "According to ICM [market research company] the Conservatives were supported by 32% of all A/B voters in the 2005 UK election"
Balance: "However not all voters in social classes A/B voted Conservative as in the UK General election of 2005 32% of A/B voters choose Labour and 24% choose the Liberal Democrats."
Always provide meaningful conclusions based on the evidence that you present.
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