Local Geology

Ref: C3125199

Aimed at both beginners and improvers, this course look at the main principles of the subject which were developed in the early 19th Century by the first geologists working in Herefordshire and around the Welsh Borders. We will explore the local rock types together with their contained fossils and look at how the characteristic scenery of Herefordshire and its neighbouring areas has developed since the last Ice Age. Practical work on both rocks and minerals will feature in every session.

Course aim

The course will highlight the key features of Herefordshire's geology including its rocks, fossils and the development of its characteristic scenery.

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:

  • Recognise the contribution made by local geologists to the development of the science
  • Appreciate the length of geological time
  • Identify the main rock types in the county and their contained fossils

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
  • It would be useful but not essential to bring a reading glass or a magnifying glass (x10) for studying the rock and fossil specimens.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The course will be partially based on a new book 'Herefordshire's rocks and scenery - a geology of the county' published by Logaston Press (2017). This could be a useful read after the course as it will expand on some of the main points.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Information on the three local geological societies will be available - The Woolhope Club (Hereford), Teme Valley Geological Society and the Shropshire Geological Society.

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Local Geology


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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