Gardening and Environmental Studies

Ref: C3126741

This course introduces learners to gardening and the environment and how we can use what we are learning in our own gardens to enhance our lives. The sessions will include activities including growing plants from seed and propagation to create more plants. During the course we will also look into encouraging wildlife into the garden and how this will benefit us, the garden and the wider environment. We shall also learn to how to use our senses to their best advantage when we learn how to grown herbs and flowers for cooking and eating.

Course aim

The main aim to this course is to teach you how to become self sufficient in creating a lovely garden in you own home for this year and years to come. This will include learning how to grow fruit and vegetables to eat and flowers to be proud of.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for people with little spoken English
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

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

  • Produce plants from seed and propagation
  • Identify three day to day jobs that need to be done to maintain a garden
  • Use your senses to identify three herbs and flowers used in cooking
  • Identify three ways to introduce wildlife into the garden and how it can benefit us
  • Understand two gardening activities that can be achieved each season

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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 https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Gardening and Environmental Studies

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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