Introduction to Culture & Community

Ref: C3840288

Learn more about UK. Explore its major organisations, such as health and education. This course is suitable for students who have come to the UK from another country. The course will also help you with your written and spoken English.

Course aim

The course aims to enable students to learn more about using the main organisations of the UK alongside developing their confidence and communication skills and understanding more about British culture.

Who is the course for?

Students must be assessed at the correct level. Students need to have some basic spoken English and be able to hold a basic conversation

What topics will this course cover

1. UK History - The history of my town 2. Health and the NHS - using the services 3. Education - having a child at school 4. British politics - introduction to the system and main political parties.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Write a short text about the town they live in. 2. Identify at least 3 health services and when to access them. 3. Understand the main elements of a school report and prepare at least 3 questions to ask at a parent's evening. 4. Identify the main parts of the political system and name the major political parties.

How will I know I'm making progress?

1. Verbal feedback on completed tasks 2. Written feedback on activities 3. Mid-term review on progress to date 4. End of course evaluation

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Pen, notebook, folder

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

Accredited and non-accredited ESOL courses Non-accredited bridging courses to develop wider skills e.g. maths, ICT, employability, confidence building

Download full course outline

Introduction to Culture & Community Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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