Learning about the world around us

Here at the WEA we offer a huge range of humanities and science courses, with something for everyone.  

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If you’re interested in the natural world, our geography and environment courses are the perfect choice. Our packed curriculum explores some of the biggest issues facing society, such as climate change and the fight against the destruction of some of Earth’s most precious resources. The option to learn in person or online means that our geography courses can whisk you away to a far-flung corner of the globe, all without you ever having to leave your own home. 

Studying a science

If you choose to take one of our psychology courses you’ll be immersed in the study of the human mind. With options to learn about memory and identity, you’ll get the chance to explore and debate some of the most famous psychological experiments.  

There’s also Sociology too, a subject that focuses on human behaviour, interaction, and relationships. If you’d like to explore some of the biggest questions in life, then our philosophy courses are for you. Small class sizes mean that you’ll get to discuss and debate in a supportive environment, all with an experienced tutor on hand.  

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Whether you choose to learn from the comfort of your own home or opted for face-to-face learning at a local community venue, you’ll be taught by a talented tutor who is an expert in their subject. Our learning experience sets us apart from other providers, with learners regularly highlighting the difference that an encouraging environment makes. 

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Permaculture Design Certificate

Join us at Community Roots in Porthtowan, Cornwall for this accredited course in Permaculture Design. Delivered by our experienced Permaculture tutor this course will introduce to the key concepts of Permaculture design whilst undertaking practical design tasks with our partner Community Roots who run a community supported agriculture project on the scenic North cliffs in Cornwall. This bespoke course has been created with Community Roots to meet the needs of people who are wanting to introduce permaculture principles either at home or in a commercial setting.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 15/04/2024 -
Wed 08/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
Community Roots (Porthtowan)
Mount Pleasant Eco Park
Chapel Hill
Porthtowan
TR4 8HL
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00012394
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00

History: The History of Essex through 10 objects

Essex museums are full of wonderful and sometimes surprising objects. Join us as we unlock the secrets of some of these and discover what they tell us about everyday life in Essex in the past. Drawing from collections across the county, we will cover a range of times and topics and give you some ideas for places to visit next and how to get the most out of your visit.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Location:
Christchurch United Reform Church (Chelm
164 New London Road
Chelmsford
CM2 0AW
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013815
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £67.20

History: Exploring our Industrial Heritage

This course will explore how the development of industry has impacted both local landscapes and communities. Over five sessions learning opportunities will be created to research the evolution and impact of industries such as brick making, coal mining and tobacco manufacturing. The course will explore how these industries used emerging technology to create their 'empires' and how canals and railways created vital transport networks for new industries to thrive and grow.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Women's Institute Hall (Nottingham)
1 Main Street
Lowdham
Nottingham
NG14 7AB
Tutor:
Christopher Weir
Course code:
Q00013832
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Care 2 find out about Smuggling in Essex: the Romance and the Reality

Delve into the captivating world of smuggling on the 18th-century Essex coast, where reality intertwines with the allure of romanticised depictions. This course offers a unique exploration of the popular representations of smuggling found in novels, songs, poems, paintings, and film, contrasting them with the harsh realities documented in official records. Uncover the mystique of smuggling through a detailed analysis of romantic depictions, which will allow us to scrutinise the artistic lens shaping this these depictions. From daring escapades to iconic characters, we trace the evolution of smuggling narratives and their lasting impact on popular imagination. This is a Care 2 course made specifically for carers and is free to learners

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 16/04/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013823
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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12 months
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History: Local History

This course will be delivered through a combination of lectures, discussions, field trips, research projects, and presentations. Participants will have access to historical sources, archives, and local heritage sites for research and exploration. Assignments will include research papers, oral history interviews, presentations, and reflective essays. Participants will explore key events, themes, and movements that have shaped the local community and gain insight into the cultural, social, and economic development of the local area over time.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Location:
Donnison School (Sunderland)
The Donnison School Buildings
Church Walk
Sunderland
SR1 2BJ
Tutor:
Sharon Vincent
Course code:
Q00014650
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £92.40

Philosophy: Philosophy: Philosophy in the Modern World

This short course will explore the work of the British philosopher Gilbert Ryle and his highly influential 1949 work The Concept of Mind. Writing within what was known as the Ordinary Language tradition of western philosophy, Ryle develops a fascinating and imaginative attack upon our most cherished assumption about the mind and its relation to the world and our physical bodies. During the course, we will look in detail at both this text and Ryles other writings about the mind.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Angel Centre (Tonbridge)
Angel Lane
Tonbridge
TN9 1SF
Tutor:
Gregory Artus
Course code:
Q00012676
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
4 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
£50.40

Gardening Practical: Summer Gardening at Parkstone

The final Summer Gardening Course at the Parkstone Connect Centre Poole. The course will continue learning and embedding skills involved in all aspects of gardening, so the skills learned can be applied to work within and outside the centre. With the weather warming up you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour from the previous courses and see how far you have grown as gardeners. The skills you will learn will be valuable for your everyday life and will continue to be built up in this gardening course. So bring your favourite drink and shovel and dig deep into nature!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Thu 25/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
30 sessions
Location:
Tricuro -Parkstone Connect Day Centre (P
Croft Road
Poole
BH12 3LD
Tutor:
Ruth Odurand
Course code:
Q00013813
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £220.50

History: The Lancastrian Kings - Henry IV and Henry V 1399-1422

“And tell sad stories of the death of kings.” A boy-king at the age of 10, at a time when the Hundred Years War with France was turning against the English, Richard II’s high-handed behaviour and arrogance caused division in society. He alienated his nobles, causing bitter resentment that led to his usurpation and death at the hands of his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke. Henry then spent the next 15 years fighting off challenges to his authority and rebellions across the realm. It was a reign full of conflict and crisis, wearing down a strong, energetic man who died in his early 40s, passing his throne to his son, the charismatic hero of Agincourt, Henry V.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 29/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Michael Long
Course code:
Q00014262
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

History: Why Do We Say That?

Join this engaging course that delves into the captivating history and evolution of idioms, expressions, and accents in (British) English. Explore both newer and older accents while uncovering the origins of everyday idioms and literary expressions. The course will also look at slang and secret languages that have evolved over time. This is course is open to beginners and those with prior knowledge of the subject. Taking place online, over the course of six weeks, with access to presentations and discussions even after each session.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Janet Wilson
Course code:
Q00014304
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Is Global Warming the fault of the poor old cow?

In this captivating two-week course, participants delve into the significance of methane within the realm of greenhouse gas emissions, specifically its contribution from ruminant sources like cows. The intricacies of the ruminant digestive system and methodologies for its measurement will be elucidated. The course further investigates various approaches aimed at mitigating enteric methane emissions, providing a comprehensive evaluation of their effectiveness. This fascinating course ran by Andrew Notman is open to all, no prior knowledge necessary. Come along and help us discover is Global Warming the fault of the Poor Old Cow?

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 25/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:45am
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
British Legion Hall (Felsted)
Bury Chase
Felsted
CM6 3HA
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013712
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.70