General course information:

Component 2 Booklet


Dear 12 Attlee,

Your first task is to complete the following essay:

‘Evaluate the extent to which pressure groups enhance democracy in the UK’. 

You will need to argue that Pressure Groups enhance democracy:

  • Increased participation
  • PG’s role in a pluralist democracy
  • PG’s role in raising issues that are neglected by the class based parties. E.g. the plight of the cuckoo, global morale issues
  • Enhanced representation through different means
  • PGs lobby government to change government policy

You will need to argue that Pressure Groups do NOT enhance democracy:

  • PGs undermine democracy as they have unequal impact on government. E.g. they favour the rich and powerful
  • PGs are often ‘hollow’. The RSPB has many members but it is really a hobby or club
  • The use of lobbying is undemocratic as it enables un-elected members of society to exert excessive influence over elected representatives.

23/3/2020 Update

Dear 12 Attlee (your new name, after the great Clement Attlee),

Below is your work for this week. This concludes the Component 2 topic of Parliament. I will set you more work in the next few days. However there is lots here for you to get on with.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind/inform you of the principles of what you have to do. This is politics. It is simple. Read, write notes, pose questions that you can create arguments both for and against, plan and write essays. Mostly you DO NOT NEED A COMPUTER OR PHONE. Real learning happens when reading real books. However you will need to use the internet to read contemporary articles on the Guardian in the ‘Politics’ section and the ‘Opinion’ Section. I will also put articles up in my blog for you.


  1. Read p185-186 Jenkins (the most recent photocopy hand out I gave you).
  2. Write notes on the role of PMQs and ministerial questions:
    1. What is the system? 
    2. Who can ask what and when? 
    3. What is the purpose of these questions?
    4. ‘The system of parliamentary questioning effectively scrutinises the government.’ How far do you agree?
    5. Use the revision notes, No.6  and your text book to complete the workbook on Parliament, No. 7
    6. Revision notes
    7. WORKBOOK Parliament
    8. Look at Gregory’s resources. Use these to consolidate your knowledge of the topic of Parliament.

Dear 12 Attlee,

Today we begin a new topic, the PM and the executive.

  1. Please complete the activities on the ppt. below:

All resources PM and the executive

Your essay is ‘Prime Ministers are free to follow the policies they want’. How far do you agree with this assessment of prime ministerial power. You must refer to all three of your PMs your response.

This is due on the first day back after half term, Monday 20th April 12pm.


Additional resources and research:

Below are links to a couple of the episodes of a program called ‘The Prime Ministers’. It was produced by the BBC’s Nick Robinson. Some are more relevant that others. I have put up two. You can find others that you can listen to on BBC Sounds.

The specification states that you need to be able to assess the relative power of one PM between 1945- 1997 and one from 1997 – present.

Clement Attlee – 1945 – 1951:


Harold MacMillan1957 – 1963:




Dear 12 Attlee,

I am really sorry. From what I can see it looks like I deleted everything from this page! I have now restored it. However I am not sure if you go the tasks from last week.


On 21/4/2020 I set this:

Read and write notes p159 – 166 on the Supreme Court. This is for our new topic, Relations between the branches.

Please complete this work this week. Apologies for my mistake.




Read p166 – 175. Write notes on:

  1. The Powers of the UK’s Supreme Court
  2. The impact of the EU on the power of the Supreme Court
  3. To what extent does the UK’s Supreme Court have too much power?
  4. The impact of Brexit on the Supreme Court

Read p178 – 188 and write notes on:

  1. The role of the EU
  2. the aims of the EU
  3. To what extent have the aims of the EU been achieved?

Please email this to me on 11/5/2020.



Read p189 – 194 and write notes on:

  1. The impact of the EU on the UK
  2. How did membership of the EU affect the UK’s sovereignty
  3. The impact on the specific policies of: Fishing, budgets and Social Policy

We will meet at 11am-12pm on Thursday 14/5/20 to discuss the EU.

Please email me these notes on Monday 12pm 18/5/2020.


Complete the essay:

‘The principle of parliamentary sovereignty is dead.’ Analyse and evaluate the extent to which this statement is true.

This is due after half term on 1//6/20

You could use the statements below to help write your point sentences:

Parliament holds legal sovereignty

The Executive holds sovereign powers

The people hold sovereign powers

The EU holds sovereign powers

The Supreme Court holds sovereign powers


You are also going to research Liberalism:

  1. Watch the videos on the Component 1 page of HSYT on Liberalism.
  2. Research and make a spider diagram on the ideas of Classical Liberalism.
  3. Create a fact file on the ideas of the following people:
    1. John Locke
    2. John Stuart Mill





Component 2.1 – The Constitution

1. What is a constitution

2. Codified and uncodified

Article Britain’s unwritten constitution New York Times

Constitution exam pack

constitution exemplar essay

Constitutional Reform Souce Model Answer 2

Legal and political sovereignty 2

Lesson 6 – Sovereignty and Rule of Law

Lesson 7 – Does the British Constitution exist

Lesson 8 – Hoe effective is the British constitution

Lesson 10 – How effective is the British constitution 2

Lesson 11 – Essay planning

SC judgment

Sources of the Constitution ID TASK

Where Next for the constitutional reform

WORKBOOK Constitution

Component 2.2 – Parliament


Gregory’s Resources:

1. Evolution of parliament research task

1. Role of Parliament

2. Parliamentary vs Presidential Government

3. Parlimentary vs Presidential government

4 Ministerial Responsibility

4. Homework

4. The Functions of Parliament and MPs

5. MP Outline

5. Role of MPs

6. bingo questions

6. HA-Bingo-Card

6. Parliament Recap

6. QQT

7. Composition of Parliament

7. Legislative Process

7. Private Member’s Bills

7. The Legislative Process in the UK (Handout)

8. Accountability

2Effectiveness of parliament worksheet

Evaluate the view that Parliament performs its functions well (30)

the view that the House of Lords is in need of further reform (30)

Inside the Commons episode 1 questions

Inside the Commons episode 3 questions

Inside the commons part 2 questions

Inside the Lords documentary questions

Legislative Process 2

Legislative Process

Lesson 24 – Effectie parliament checklist

Lesson 24 – How effective is government

Lesson 26 – Reforming the House of Commons

Lesson 27 – Future Plans for the House of Lords (Handout)

Lesson 27 – Reforming the House of Lords

Lesson17 – Parliamentary vs Presidential Government 2


Ministerial Responsibility worksheet

Parliament all resources

Parliament essay Is it irrelevant model essay

Parliament exam pack

The Lady and the Lords video questions

The legislative process


Component 2.3 – PM and the executive

All resources PM and the executive

The Prime Ministers Podcast:

Clement Attlee – 1945 – 1951:


Harold MacMillan1957 – 1963:


Here are Ms Gregory’s Resources:

2. Managing the Cabinet’s Big Beasts (Andrew Heywood)

2. The Cabinet

3. Ministers and Civil Servants (Independent Study)

4. Blair; Case Study

4. Case Studies of Prime Ministerial Styles

4. Gordon Brown as prime minister; political skills and leadership style

5. Answering exam questions power of the Prime Minister

6. Coalition Agreement For Stability and Reform

6. How does the Cameron-Clegg relationship affect the role of the prime minister

6. The Impact of the Coalition

(1)Blair; Case Study

Gordon Brown as prime minister; political skills and leadership style

SAMPLE ESSAY; To what extent does the Prime Minister dominate the UK political system

The Blair Legacy

Tony Blair; Prime Minister or President

WORKBOOK PM and Cabinet


Component 2.4 – Relations between the branches