Saxon & Viking England

Ref: C2338451

This course looks at the making of England from the departure of the Romans to the arrival of the Normans. It also considers the coming of the Vikings and their wars with the Anglo- Saxons and Danelaw

Course aim

To introduce learners to the Saxon and Viking period and the making of England.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Have an understanding of the chronology and geography of England in the Saxon and Viking Ages
  • Summarise key events during the period
  • Identify key personalities of the period and their contribution to the "making of England"
  • Compare and contrast each phase of the "making of England"

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A notebook and pen will be useful

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Saxon & Viking England 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
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  • 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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