The Environment - Walks and Talks

Ref: C2340721

This begins with an introductory session to plan the remaining 4 walks. this will take into account the needs and physical capability of the students.They will be encouraged to research and incorporate their contributions in the sessions. A short practical will refresh the techniques in identifying rocks minerals and The natural and built environment will be explored from a geological basis.

Course aim

To use walks in areas of geological interest to illustrate how humans have been influenced by the natural environment and how we have altered it by our exploitation of our planet.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • a handlens is useful

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

  • Be able to identify some rocks minerals and fossils
  • understand how the environment is formed
  • Be able to identify some common plants
  • Be able to recognise some common animals and birds
  • Be able to reconise some building stones

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
  • students will be encoraged to plan their own investgations

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
  • students will be asked for their own experiences e.g. holidays

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • a hand lens is useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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The Environment - Walks and Talks

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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