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I provide Psychology (AQA) and Politics (Edexcel) A-Level revision notes by topic, both of which I have an A* in. These notes helped me get it and they can help you too! Although the Politics notes are the 2008 specification, the examples are all up to date and relevant for an assessment of American politics. I'm currently studying at Durham and I achieved 3A* at A level in Biology, Politics, and Psychology.

I provide Psychology (AQA) and Politics (Edexcel) A-Level revision notes by topic, both of which I have an A* in. These notes helped me get it and they can help you too! Although the Politics notes are the 2008 specification, the examples are all up to date and relevant for an assessment of American politics. I'm currently studying at Durham and I achieved 3A* at A level in Biology, Politics, and Psychology.
Edexcel Government and Politics - US Federalism Short Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Federalism Short Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Federalism’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all short answer questions ever asked, split into an analysis of each of the key principles of New Federalism, Federalism in the Constitution, and recent expansion of the Federal Government. No long answer question has ever been asked on Federalism’s role, but examples from here are pertinant in other topics. All are equipped with up to date examples from the 2016 election.
Edexcel Government and Politics - US Political Parties Long Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Political Parties Long Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Political Parties’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all long answer questions ever asked, split into an analysis of: the overlap between the main parties, which parties are more internally divided, the theory of party decline, the role of moderate conservatism in the GOP, the role of moderate liberalism in the Democrats, and an assesment of polarisation. All are equipped with up to date examples from the 2016 election.
Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 4: Drug Testing and Plant Structures (2/2)
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Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 4: Drug Testing and Plant Structures (2/2)

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A* Level notes covering the second section of Topic 4 (Biodiversity and Natural Resources). This includes the section on Drug Testing (including defining drugs, drugs we derive from plants, how we ensure validity in drug trials, the stages of clinical trials, the origin of clinical trials from digitalis soup, the impact of using animals in our trials, the use of aseptic techniques, and the core practical about the microbiobal properties of plants) Also includes the section of Plant Structures and Roles - including transportation, translocation, the phloem and xylem, the structure of starch and cellulose (and how they differ) the varying organelles in plants and their structure and function (e.g. vacuoles, chloroplasts, amyloplast, the cell wall), why we use plant fibers. Also includes the core practicals identifying plant fibers, testing the tensile strength of plant fibers, and looking at the minerals plants need to grow.
Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 5 - Ecology (3/3)
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Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 5 - Ecology (3/3)

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A* level notes on topic 5 (on the wild side) - ecology, including: definitions of ecosystem, community, population, habitat, and niche. bacterial population growth phases evolution and natural selection mechanisms through which evolution can occur aside from natural selection explaining why some animals (e.g. bacteria) evolve quicker than others evidence for evolution, how evidence is presented, including: proteonomics, DNA Hybridisation, DNA Fingerprinting, DNA Profiling, observations Succession and its definition - primary succession, secondary succession, pioneer species sampling (including random sampling, quadrats, transect sampling) and how to draw kite diagrams.
Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 6 - Antibiotics (3/3)
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Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 6 - Antibiotics (3/3)

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A* level notes on Topic 6 (immunity and infection) covering the role and use of antibiotics, including: how they kill or prevent the growth of pathogens how they inhibit bacterial metabolism comparing and contrasting bacteriostatic and bactericidal antibiotics antibiotic resistance why antibiotics cannot treat viral infections hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) - when, how they are caught and how hospitals deal with them, including codes of practice. core practical explaining the impact of antibiotics on bacterial growth, including the relevant aseptic techniques.
Edexcel Government and Politics - US Constitution Long Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Constitution Long Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Constitution’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all long answer questions ever asked. Each plan provides a balanced answer to the question, colour coded in ‘for’ and ‘against’. Each point is equipped with up to date examples from the 2016 Election. Including: an assesment of if the Constitution fit for purpose, the transformation of the Constitution, and the obstacle proposed by checks and balances.
Edexcel Government and Politics -  US Congress Long Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Congress Long Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Congress’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all long answer questions ever asked. Each plan provides a balanced answer to the question, colour coded in ‘for’ and ‘against’. Each point is equipped with up to date examples from the 2016 Election. Including: what most concerns members of Congress (e.g. money, the ‘folks back home’, or leadership?) an assessment of whether Congress functions more effectively when houses are united or divided, an assessment of leadership in Congress (looking at the role of the Speaker, the Minority Leaders in the House and Senate (and the de facto majority leader of the Senate)) and, of course, an assessment of the oft-quoted idea that Congress is the ‘Broken Branch’ in comparison to the Executive and the Judiciary.
Edexcel Government and Politics - US Elections and Voting Long Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Elections and Voting Long Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Elections and Voting’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all long answer questions ever asked. Each plan provides a balanced answer to the question, colour coded in ‘for’ and ‘against’. This includes an analysis of reforming the nomination process, reforming the electoral college, the role of participation in the nomination process, the role of incumbency in the election campaign, and an assesment of the roles of money, policy, and personality in a sucessful campaign.
Edexcel Government and Politics -  US Pressure Groups Short Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Pressure Groups Short Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Pressure Groups’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all short answer questions ever asked, split into an analysis of: if pressure groups are good for democracy, the role of pressure groups in dispersing political power, the influence of pressure groups, the role of membership size in pressure group success (compared with money, policy, agenda, and countervailing ideas). This includes examples from groups such as the ACLU, the NAACP, the NRA, and NFU.
Edexcel A Level Biology A -Topic 4: Biodiversity, Natural Selection, Speciation, Evolution (1/2)
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Edexcel A Level Biology A -Topic 4: Biodiversity, Natural Selection, Speciation, Evolution (1/2)

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A* Level notes covering the first section of the large topic 4 (Biodiversity and Natural Resources) including natural selection, speciation, variation and its sources, Carl Woese and his impact and methods, competition, and how we can maintain biodiversity via zoos, seedbanks, reintroduction. This includes a discussion of benefits and drawbacks of in situ versus ex situ protection. Also includes explanations on how to measure biodiversity and how to use the Hardy-Weinberg Equation.
Edexcel Government and Politics - US Racial and Ethnic politics Long Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Racial and Ethnic politics Long Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Racial Politics’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all the long answer questions ever asked, split into an analysis of: political measures designed to promote racial equality, the issue of Race in US politics, and the role of affirmative action. This is equipped with relevant examples e.g. the Black Lives Matter movement, the 2016 election and racial equality in Congress.
Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 5 - Photosynthesis (1/3)
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Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 5 - Photosynthesis (1/3)

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A* Level notes on photosynthesis, including: Covers: Definition of phosphorylation, photophosphorylation, photolysis, hydrolysis, and redox reactions. What photosynthesis is (endothermic reaction, releasing hydrogen from water) The light dependent reaction, the process, where it takes place (cyclic and non-cyclic photophosphorylation) The light independent reaction (the calvin cycle), the process, where it takes place, the carboxylation, reduction, and regeneration. Structure and function of the Chloroplast Chlorophyll A and B Energy transfers - including definitions of NPP, GPP, and the equation NPP=GPP-R, respiratory loss, food chains Core practical notes for the photosynthesis topic.
Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 5 - Global Warming (2/3)
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Edexcel A Level Biology A - Topic 5 - Global Warming (2/3)

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A* Level notes covering the Greenhouse Effect and Global warming. Including: definition and causes of the greenhouse effect definition and causes of global warming the difference between the greenhouse effect and global warming the evidence for climate change (temperature, carbon dioxide, methane, pollen in peat bogs, dendrochronology, ice cores) how we can extrapolate data on climate change the limits of the evidence over climate change the impact of climate change on enzymes the carbon cycle (how fossil fuels are formed, the role of microorganisms, carbon sinks, the impact of slash and burn farming) the role and impact of bio fuels and reforestation to offset climate change the core practical about the impact of increasing temperature on the rate of enzyme-catalysed reaction.
Edexcel Government and Politics - US Supreme Court Short Answer Essay Plans
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Edexcel Government and Politics - US Supreme Court Short Answer Essay Plans

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These are A* essay plans for the ‘Supreme Court’ unit in Edexcel Politics for all short answer questions ever asked, split into an analysis of each of the key principles the Court, including: the Appointment Process and it’s controversy, the role of judicial review, the role of judicial activism, the role judicial restraint, and limits on the court’s power. This also includes two plans specifically about the current Robert’s Court and significant decisions made in relation to the Bill of Rights.