A Level Politics Source Questions are difficult to find, particularly ones written for the up-to-date specifications. That’s why we’ve written these resources to help you practice your source question technique. The packs are divided into topics, meaning you can choose where to focus your revision.
Why do I need practice source questions?
Source questions can be difficult to get the hang of, requiring you to make special reference throughout your essay to topics discussed in the source. Furthermore, there is a lack of relevant sources available, which we have remedied by writing these Source Question packs! You will also be able to practice skills to evaluate political data, such as selecting the most important arguments within text.
What do the source questions look like?
The sources will give you an introduction to the source, including the author, where the source was published (article, book, report, for example) and any other relevant information. The source in the exam will not include an exam, in order to prevent malpractice by candidates, however, we’ve included the sources in our papers so that students can read the rest of the articles or reports if they wish. It’s important to remember that sources aren’t necessarily just text; they may include a graph of voting behaviour, polling results or other mathematical data. You may need to perform some mathematical calculations with the source to get some points to analyse.
Sources will always include arguments for two sides, and the points you make in your answer must only come from the source. Being able to analyse political information is crucial to thinking like a political, so you will always find arguments both in favour and against the wording of the question.