Geology of Yeovil and the Surrounding Area

Ref: C3528546

Whilst Yeovil presents a rather benign geological picture, the surrounding areas are of outstanding interest; not least the Jurassic coast, but also the Quantocks, Cheddar, Dartmoor and Exmoor. The aim of this introductory course is to explore many of these areas, to understand the mechanisms involved and to recognise how geological processes have impacted the landscape. It is a fascinating narrative of forensic scientific interest, of immense forces operating over huge chasms of time and of strong personalities defining this relatively new science. A course for anyone interested in both Earth Sciences and the beauty of our local landscape.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA funded. No fee remittance

Course aim

To understand the broad principles of geology and to apply these in interpreting local landscapes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • An understanding of general geological principles
  • An understanding of local landscape
  • An appreciation of science and scientific methods generally

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Pens, pencils, paper and magnifying lens

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
  • No particular reading is specifically suggested, but a general geological book, or perusal of the internet, will provide useful, background knowledge.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Geology of Yeovil and the Surrounding Area


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