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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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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:
8 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:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
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:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

History: The House Of Wessex -Intermediate

In this course we will look at how Anglo-Saxon England had almost collapsed under the threat of the Norse conquest, and how the House of Wessex responded to that. In the term, we will examine the later reign of King Alfred and his successors, and the contributions they made not only in terms of bringing about the end of Danelaw, but also how English practices and texts became uniquely significant. We will then examine how the later heirs to the house of Wessex were able to completely end Danish rule and usher in a substantial restoration of late Anglo-Saxon England.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014281
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

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History: The British Dark Ages

On this beginners’ history course we will take a detailed look at the importance of Mercia as a realm in Anglo-Saxon England, charting how this region in particular came to be so politically powerful and important, and what we can say about its administration and kings. We will also go on to look at the life and times of King Offa, and eventually the appearance of the Vikings on British shores! This is a great course to start learning more about both British history and the origins of Viking history, in the historical era known as the Dark Ages.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/04/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014259
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Psychology: Exploring the Psychologies of Freud, Jung and Others

Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and those that followed them have, in their very different ways, changed the way we think about ourselves, morality, life and love. This course will also look at some of the most influential ideas from Alfred Adler, Eric Erickson, Wilhelm Reich, Viktor Frankl and Erich Fromm. All have influenced our view of human nature, even if we don’t realise it. Expect informed presentations; lively discussions and online; lots of background materials on Canvas, controversy, lively discussion, some outrageous ideas and a touch of humour. This is an introductory course, and no previous experience of Psychology is needed.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Kevin Walker
Course code:
Q00009281
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Humanities: Geography - Human Ideas and the British Landscape Over Time

You will be interested in the development of the familiar British landscape, through its physical form and the monuments that adorn it. New knowledge will be acquired about its development from the ancient ‘wildwood’ to our land of monuments and settlements. You will learn about the purposes for which these may above been constructed, what has been believed about them, and how they reflect the societies that created them. The monuments may have been prehistoric (such as stone circles), Christian, or secular in purpose. Whether you are a beginner or have previous knowledge, this course is ideal for anyone who is keen to develop or revise their knowledge.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 19/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Hadrian Cook
Course code:
Q00011309
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

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: Cookery through the ages

Join us on this fascinating look at cookery through the ages. We will discover the changes in food over the centuries. From how it was cooked, how it was eaten, the ingredients used and how it affected our society and language, from ancient times to this century, with an emphasis on British history. We will look at some recipes that you may (or may not) wish to try, these will be available in Canvas our virtual learning environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00013816
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

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
Tutor:
Michael Long
Course code:
Q00014262
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80