Our Star System and Beyond

Ref: C2224613

What objects make up our star system and can we see them? We shall consider our nearest neighbours and then move out into our galaxy and beyond.

Course aim

We will have the opportunity to look at some of the objects in our star system in some detail and venture out into deep space.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Locate some of the major constellations.
  • Describe the shape of the Milky Way and our Sun's position within it.
  • Explain what methods are used to search for exoplanets.
  • Suggest how our Sun has evolved and will evolve.
  • Outline how astronomical distances are measured.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • A comprehensive 'What Next' will be provided near the end of the course.

Download full course outline

Our Star System and Beyond Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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