Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsIn May, the United Kingdom will go to the polls in what will be one of the most unpredictable general elections for many years. Understanding how this election fits into the political landscape and identifying the issues that determine its outcome is vital to anyone studying British politics. So if you're studying A- or AS-level politics, This free online course is for you.
Skip to 0 minutes and 29 secondsThis course goes beyond the textbook facts about British politics. Our aim is to guide your understanding of what the election tells us about the state of British politics and about democracy. Through a wide range of online resources and activities, you will focus on key elements from the A-level syllabus and apply them to the 2015 general election. We've worked closely with teachers and with students to develop a course that's flexible and fits around you. It's a new way for them to learn online and to interact with a number of different ways of learning, such as live Q&A sessions or watching a bit of film or doing quick tests.
Skip to 1 minute and 5 secondsBeing able to engage with other students doing a similar thing to me is always really exciting. I think it'd be great because, obviously, to have the content with the university and the academics and have the access to that up-to-date data on politics, and I want something interactive, that's a bit new and a bit different maybe another method of revision. So it'd be helpful for revising for exams. All your knowledge really needs to come from credible sources, and to have that available to you whenever you have access to the internet massively benefits anyone who's studying the course. Using University of Leed's expertise, you'll be guided through the main aspects of the race to govern the country.
Skip to 1 minute and 40 secondsYou'll see how the electoral system can thaw many political ambitions, how political parties use the campaign to emphasise their strengths and to highlight their opponent's weaknesses. You'll also see how the main political issues of the day influence some voters but pass others by. These are just some of the topics we'll be covering in Election 2015 for AS-level students. I hope you'll join me, my colleagues, and other politics students on the 9th of March.