• University of Leeds

Election 2015 for AS Level Politics

Prepare for your exams by learning how political concepts will impact on real-life politics in the 2015 General Election.

4,937 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

This course is designed for students and teachers as a resource for studying the 2015 General Election. Delivered by a range of renowned politics experts, it will deepen your understanding of the election, as well as acting as an engaging revision tool.

This online course, involving short learning activities spread over a 3 week period, will help you to review the key elements of the AS level syllabus on British democracy, before applying this learning to the 2015 election. You will participate in themed sessions on the contemporary British political landscape; voter participation and dissatisfaction; and how parties and leaders campaign. Throughout the course you will be able to apply and test your knowledge in interactive activities and short quizzes.

During the course you will learn about, and have opportunities to debate, key challenges to the traditional political system, such as the emergence of parties like UKIP and the Greens, and the growing disconnect between voters and politicians. The last section of the course offers tips on how to watch the campaign, and intelligently read the polls and media commentaries.

By critically examining the key issues and debates around Election 2015 and discussing them with academic experts and your peers, this short course will provide you with an excellent resource to support your revision. It will also help you prepare for a degree in this subject, such as the University of Leeds’s BA Politics.

You can find out more about what to expect from this course in Dr Victoria Honeyman’s post for the FutureLearn blog: “Party leaders: the role of personalities in the UK General Election.”

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds In 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 seconds This 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 seconds Being 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 seconds You’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.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

Who is the course for?

This course is primarily aimed at AS level Government and Politics students and teachers but is also useful for teachers and students in other subjects such as General Studies and History. All viewers and participants should have a basic AS level understanding of British politics.

Who will you learn with?

I am Professor of Politics at the University of Leeds. I specialise in theories of voting, and quantitative models of voting behaviour. I have a research interest in the European Extreme Right.

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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