The Sussex Landscape

Ref: C3741648

Sussex is a county with a wide range of landscape types, from the world famous chalk cliffs at Seven Sisters to the high heather clad slopes of Ashdown Forest, and from the South Downs National Park to the industrial estates of Burgess Hill. This course will study the geology of the county and how that influences the variety of landscapes; this geology also has a bearing on industrial history, especially through the iron industry of the Weald and the variety of agricultural landscapes. Human landscapes based on farming and industry vary in form and size as do the later settlements of the resort-strung coast and its suburban hinterland. We will use personal experience linked to directed reading in and outside class, alongside map and documentary evidence to unravel our distinctive landscapes in Sussex

Course aim

To provide a basic introduction to the Sussex landscape; its geology and geography, settlements, occupations, farming and industry; all have left an imprint on the landscape.

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:

  • Identify the main physical regions of Sussex.
  • Identify the main geological deposits within the county.
  • Explain some features of landscape change through human activities.
  • Name some of the principle factors behind agricultural difference across Sussex
  • Be aware of settlements patterns associated with different landscapes

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full course outline

The Sussex Landscape 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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