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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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Personal Development: A Peek at the Peak District

During this single session the tutor will offer an overview of the area of England that we know as the Peak District. After a short introduction to the geology we will gain an understanding of the landscape contrasts between the White Peak and the Dark Peak. This leads naturally to a consideration of the flora, fauna and cultural history of Britain’s first national park. By the end of this session you will be able to summarise main geological and historical features of the Peak District National Park. This class will take place in a fun, friendly and supportive online environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 08/05/2024 -
Wed 08/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Alastair Clark
Course code:
Q00014147
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £7.40

Gardening Practical: Spring Time Organic Gardening Toolkit

An uplifting opportunity to work with natures seasons and reap the benefits of spending time in the great out of doors doing something meaningful and fun! These course will give you the opportunity to gain practical experience in organic food growing and regenerative farming Delivered by our experienced tutor, and hosted at the inspiring Bosavern Community Farm , this course is sure to empower and inspire Suitable for beginner and improvers, and all are welcome to join all three ‘Spring and Summer Toolkits’ courses or just choose some of them.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 09/05/2024 -
Thu 16/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Bosavern Community Farm (St Just)
St Just
St Just
TR19 7RD
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013516
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

History: Berlin 1814-1914

An exploration of the history of Berlin in the 19th century from the end of the Napoleonic Wars to the First World War. We will also look at how Berlin grew in importance over preceding centuries. The course will cover major changes in the layout of the city and the growth of the railways which allowed industrial expansion, and how the city was "modernised" in other ways, with many new building projects, leading it to be compared to an American city at the end of the century.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 13/05/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
David Price
Course code:
Q00012921
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20

Gardening Practical: Care to Make a Summer Hanging Basket for the Changing Climate

Are you noticing the changes to our traditional British weather? Do the four seasons still exist in Britain? Climate change is leading to higher summer temperatures and for our gardens to survive, changes are needed, so we can all continue to enjoy the flowers and colours we are used to. Our gardens and our traditional hanging baskets are one of the things we can change without losing the beauty to suit the future climate. This one off session will look at plants for hanging baskets that may be more suitable in the changing climate; whilst still providing colour, contrast and enjoyment for the Summer season.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Deborah Young
Course code:
Q00011616
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55

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History: The Architecture of Six Great University Cities

Some of the most remarkable English city architecture outside London in to be found in centres where university development has helped shape the character of building. We will look at representative examples - York, Oxford, Exeter, Cambridge, Durham and Norwich.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 17/05/2024 -
Fri 17/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
Keith Hasted
Course code:
Q00009876
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

History: Memories and Myths- Why Does History Matter

Does history matter? How does your view of the past affect your approach to the present? Whose interpretations can you trust? As debates rage about the legacy of the British Empire and the pulling down of statues, this course gives you an opportunity to take a more nuanced look at some of the issues involved. You will be able to look at case-studies, and to explore questions about the nature of history and the way we discuss it. The course will help you to form your own views on these controversial topics.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 22/05/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Symon Hill
Course code:
Q00012194
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Philosophy: Behind the Headlines

The workshop will briefly introduce the principal ideas of a selection of philosophers and apply these to the discussion of the news headlines and the controversies that lie behind them. This workshop will encourage discussion and sharing of ideas about current affairs and will involve reflecting on how to make philosophy a part of this discussion.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 01/06/2024 -
Sat 01/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
St Mary's University (Twickenham)
Waldegrave Road
Twickenham
TW1 4SX
Tutor:
Daniel Williams
Course code:
Q00014358
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
£40.00

History: The Egypt of Empire and Conquest - Ancient Egypt and Nubia

In a Study Day suitable for all we will consider how ancient Egypt treated a neighbour. Nubia is the area immediately to the south of ancient Egypt encompassing the south of Egypt today and much of modern Sudan. Nubia itself developed significant cultural entities especially the Kerma civilization and the later Napatan and Meroitic cultures. However much of the history of Nubia is inter-twined with ancient Egypt. The relationship between ancient Egypt and Nubia is a fascinating one and an ever-changing story. This day school explores the Nubian experience with Egypt from trade, through conquest, to the ‘Black Pharaohs’ of the Kushite period.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 01/06/2024 -
Sat 01/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Reading International Solidarity Centre
35-39 London Street
Reading
RG1 4PS
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00013791
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £36.00

Care to Find Out About What Lies Beneath - A History of Ladies Underwear

This course is for Carers, former carers and the cared for, join me for a light hearted look to find out about what actors are wearing underneath in historical dramas on television and on film.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012219
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

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, in the community or in a commercial setting.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
16 sessions
Location:
Community Roots (Porthtowan)
Mount Pleasant Eco Park
Chapel Hill
Porthtowan
TR4 8HL
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013554
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £300.00