The Best Prime Ministers We Never Had…?

Ref: C3742947

We will review the careers of leading post-war British politicians who came close to becoming Prime Minister but in the event never made it. We will discuss why they failed to win the supreme prize and whether there are common factors which contributed to their failures. We will speculate about what a government led by them would have looked like.

Course aim

Reviewing the careers of leading post-war British politicians who came close to becoming Prime Minister but in the event never made it: why did they fail to win the supreme prize?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Give an account of the politicians who narrowly missed becoming prime minister and why
  • Discuss in an informed way the reasons why some politicians succeed in obtaining the top job and some do not
  • Explain how the process of selection for the Prime Minister actually works

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You will sent notes before the class and asked to read and think about them in order to contribute to class discussion

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Background reading such as David Childs Britain since 1945 would be helpful.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

The Best Prime Ministers We Never Had…?

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing