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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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History: Happy, healthy holidays on the Essex coast

This course is a trip into the past thinking about the heritage of holidays on the Essex coast. Covering topics such as family trips famous names in popular entertainment, the development of seaside resorts, highlights and heydays, decline and development, the course is an opportunity to reminisce and share memories with like-minded people as well as learning more about a little-known area of Essex history. Previous participation in an Essex seaside holiday is not compulsory and all students are welcomed to come and learn more about this little-known area of Essex history.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
73 High Street
Billericay
CM12 9AS
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013751
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

History: Henry VI, Joan of Arc and the Origins of the Wars of the Roses

This course is an exploration of the period of history in England and France during the first half of the fifteenth century. The death of King Henry V in 1422 left a nine-month-old infant as King Henry VI of England. A few months later, the death of the King of France left that infant as King of France as too. The war with the French, the Hundred Years War, was ongoing, and since Agincourt, going England's way. The appearance of an illiterate peasant girl who believed God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England changed everything. Joan of Arc led the French to an overwhelming and unexpected victory and began the process whereby England would lose most of its continental possessions. These are the years of Henry VI and Joan of Arc, the precursor to the Wars of the Roses. No previous knowledge of fifteenth-century history is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Tutor:
Michael Long
Course code:
Q00014315
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

History: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

This course will explore the evidence of the daily life of individuals and the elite in ancient Egypt. An exploration of work, play, education, games, birth, death, love and punishment.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00009165
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Homeland to Hamas: A guide to a greater understanding of the Middle East conflict

For many people the events in the Middle East are horrifying, worrying and confusing. It can be difficult to navigate the often bewildering complexities of the conflict and its historical context. This course is for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of this troubled area. We will explore the claims to Palestine from both the Arab and Jewish perspectives, investigate the progression of the conflict from 1917 to 2011 covering the impact of both world wars, foreign involvement and the different wars and insurrections that have broken out over this period.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 05/08/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Tutor:
David Halliwell
Course code:
Q00014370
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £66.60

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Care 2 Visit Avebury Manor, Wiltshire

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. Join me in the comfort of your own home to find out about Avebury Manor and Garden. In 2011, Avebury Manor was the subject of the BBC One television series The Manor Reborn, find out how the house was refurbished by a group of experts in collaboration with the National Trust.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 12/06/2024 -
Wed 12/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 3:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00012217
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available

History: History of the Post Box

Discover the history of the British Post Box, an icon of our postal system. Apart from being an icon, the Post Box is in daily operational use as an essential public service, something that we are all familiar with, but may know little about its history. Come and discover the fascinating development of the design and its manufacture, as well as its place in our social history. This course is suitable for those with both little and some knowledge of the subject. To note down key points, it is suggested that you bring a notebook.

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 16/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
Michael Turner
Course code:
Q00014313
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.65

Gardening Practical: Summer Time Organic Gardening Toolkit

If you would like to spend more time in nature, feel part of something positive and develop your skills in organic food growing the Summer Time Organic Growing Toolkit is for you! A positive course, developing an understanding in regenerative farming and permaculture design and offering practical experience in seasonal techniques in organic food growing and enhancing local biodiversity This welcoming and friendly two day course is open to all- beginners or improvers, come and enjoy the summer working with nature!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 02/07/2024 -
Tue 09/07/2024
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:
Q00013517
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Gardening Practical: Summer Time Organic Gardening Toolkit 2

A further opportunity to benefit from spending more time in nature whilst exploring organic food growing, community regenerative farming and permaculture design Delivered by our experienced, professional tutor, and hosted at the award winning Bosavern Community Farm , this course is sure to empower and inspire. You will gain practical experience in topics such as soil restoration, caring for crops, natural fertilizers mulching and ways to increase local biodiversity . You will also develop first hand understanding in the principles and ethics of permaculture, community collaborative working and the people care aspect of permaculture.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 16/07/2024 -
Tue 30/07/2024
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:
Q00013518
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

History: Mythology of the Summer Sky

Ever looked up at the night sky, or the signs of the zodiac, and wondered how the constellations got their names? Why anyone would think those random dots were “obviously” a picture of some strange creature? Or what the stories are behind them? This one-session course picks out some of them that are appropriate to the time of year, and shows why they were important, what their myths are, and how the stories fit together. This is the time when the Perseid meteor shower is at its best, so we’ll look at the story behind Perseus, and his family: Andromeda, Cassiopeia, Pegasus, and a few less well-known. Then we go on to the Summer Triangle of the Swan, the Eagle, and the Lyre. There’s also Capricorn, the half-fish, half-goat, and many more. (57)

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/07/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00014312
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55