Sussex Coastline

Ref: C3741655

The Sussex coast has a physical landscape of scenic grandeur, the Seven Sisters cliffs, but also low-key views of windswept mudflats in Chichester Harbour or secluded beaches at Broomhill. The landscape of Wealden sandstones and clays, downland chalk and coastal sands has given the coastline a varied and picturesque setting. This physical landscape is overlain with a human landscape that has seen it as an invasion coast from Pevensey Castle to WW2 airfields. The human story is as complex as its geological one, with settlements waxing at Brighton or waning at Aldrington; ports developed at Shoreham and were lost at Pevensey. Whole settlements either washed away in storms at Old Winchelsea or buried in advancing sands at Broomhill. Resorts with stylish Victorian or Deco buildings epitomise the human coast which has its share of social deprivation. The Sussex coast is a complex landscape.

Course aim

To provide basic knowledge of the physical and human landscapes of the Sussex coast in the past and the present.

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:

  • Describe the geological landscape of the coast.
  • Explain how the geology influences the various landscapes.
  • Show an awareness in discussion of social landscapes and their changes over time.
  • Describe how physical and human coastal landscapes are interlinked.
  • Apply models of social history to particular settlements.

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
  • All materials will be provided
  • 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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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

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Sussex Coastline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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