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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. 

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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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The Amazing Chemistry of Life

Our guest speaker, Professor David Saggerson, will discuss the amazing progress that has taken place in biochemistry in recent times. Less than a century ago, none of this stuff was known. It has all been very exciting and is still very fast moving. Many of the developments are now feeding into medicine and industry in a big way. David will lead students through the topic in a way that requires no previous chemistry background.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 29/04/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (Berkhamsted)
289 High Street
Berkhamsted
HP4 1AJ
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013778
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £40.00

History: Satire and Social History in Musicals and Operettas

This course examines the development of musicals over the course of the twentieth century, how they reflected historical events and often revealed the personal opinions of the writers. We will cover what is usually described as the first musical in the modern sense - Show Boat, some of the film musicals of Hollywood's golden age through the prism of the Production Code (Hays Code), the great musicals of the post-Second World War era, and some of today's blockbusters, including Les Misérables.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 29/04/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
The Grange Community Centre (Radcliffe-o
Vicarage Lane
Radcliffe-on-Trent
NG12 2FB
Tutor:
David Price
Course code:
Q00013956
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

History: Poland - A Brief History

Now and again Poland emerges in the news expressing concerns about Russia’s ambitions but are these only recent or do they have any historical precedents? Are there for instance any lessons to be learnt from Poland’s past in light of the current situation in Ukraine? Discovering how Poland developed and survived, this course outlines why it has fluctuated between ascendancy, vulnerability and suffering against the background of Germany and Russia. Tracing its emergence as a key medieval political player through to its disappearance, re-emergence & tragedy of 1939, the course explores Poland’s often overlooked story.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Nottingham Mechanics (Nottingham)
3 North Sherwood Street
Nottingham
NG1 4EZ
Tutor:
Mark Barnard
Course code:
Q00013831
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £58.80

Literature: Be an Informed Theatre Audience Member

If you are aware that there is a whole world behind the proscenium arch (and you don’t know what that is!) but you enjoy a visit to see live theatre then this course is for you. We will look at all aspects of the theatre experience from knowing the right slang to use to the best places to sit! The course will also cover aspects of theatre design and staging, to considering the roles of the people who work in the theatre and how a show goes from page to stage.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 04/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
8 sessions
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00013871
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

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Membership Information

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12 months
Fee:
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NCFE Certificate in Understanding Climate Change and Environmental Awareness

This accredited qualification is suitable for those who are less knowledgeable or unsure of the worlds’ current environmental issues. It is devised to present learners with an introduction to the principles of climate change and environmental awareness. It will ensure learners understand the nature of climate change and the role they can play in helping to reduce waste, emissions, carbon footprints and improve sustainability. Through achieving the qualification, learners will gain the knowledge and understanding to act as drivers for positive environmental change and have a foothold in the emerging environmental sector.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 23/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 3:30pm
Duration:
29 sessions
Tutor:
Lee Armon
Course code:
Q00013927
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £362.00

History: Europeans in the Indian Sub-continent

The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries had seen intense rivalry between various merchant groups (and their governments) to ‘capture’ the trade between Europe and the sources of spices and teas. As a result of this process various governments had licensed chartered companies not only to trade but to exercise a range of governmental functions in the territories which came under their control. These companies successively dominated the regions in which they operated until eventually they themselves came under governmental control and were dissolved. This is a lecture style course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 10/04/2024 -
Wed 08/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Aubrey Newman
Course code:
Q00014136
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.75

History: Britain In Ireland - From The Act Of Union To The Irish Free State

This six week online course will look at the history of the Ireland as it gradually established itself as an independent nation state. Beginning with the Act of Union, which brought the country into the United Kingdom for the first time, we’ll examine the history through the tragedy of the Famine and resultant growth in republicanism, the attempts to introduce Home Rule to give Ireland autonomy within the Union, and then outbreak of violence with the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War, whose repercussions are still being felt today.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 10/04/2024 -
Wed 15/05/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
David Price
Course code:
Q00014382
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

Gardening Practical: Sowing and Growing 3

Fancy spending more time in nature and being part of something positive? This welcoming one day taster workshop hosted at the fantastic Bosavern Community Farm in St Just, will give the opportunity explore nature and natural farming . On this friendly and uplifting course we will have our hands in the soil, practicing techniques in organic food growing , regenerative farming and enhancing biodiversity On this day you will be able to learn more about all the exciting forthcoming community courses taking place at Bosavern Farm in 2024!

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 11/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Bosavern Community Farm (St Just)
St Just
St Just
TR19 7RD
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013514
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

History: Roman Villas and Mosaics

An illustrated day school covering aspects of villa life and the deign and construction of the villas and their mosaic floors.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 11/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:30pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
St Lawrence Parish Rooms (Winchester)
Colebrook Street
Winchester
SO23 9LH
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00009224
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £35.00

Personal Development: Astronomy- Summer Night Sky

Warm summer nights afford a good opportunity to view the night sky. On this online course, you will be given advice on how to navigate your way around this. Pitched at a level appropriate to your needs as learners, as well as observing hints we will discuss the characteristics of the objects on view. Throughout the sessions you will be encouraged to undertake independent research (via ‘mini-projects’) and, if willing, share this with other class members. Astronomy is a very dynamic subject, and we will consider any weekly news stories of note. It is also still one of the sciences where amateurs can make a contribution and you will find out about some such notable discoveries.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 11/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Duration:
12 sessions
Tutor:
Ann Bonell
Course code:
Q00014135
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £66.60