How the British Isles was formed

Ref: C2226930

Are you interested in the landscape of Britain? Do you want to understand how the Highlands of Scotland or The Wash estuary formed? Perhaps you are interested in learning how geologists' read the rocks beneath our feet? If you say yes to any of these questions, this course is for you. Through interactive lessons and skills building we will learn together how to piece together Britain from the Big Bang to the present day. You will learn from a tutor passionate about geology and teaching others in a fun way.

Additional information about this course

No half term break

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to geology and an understanding of how the British Isles formed through geological time. Exploration of geological processes that have shaped Britain will provide an understanding of the science of geology.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • No prior geological knowledge is required but a basic understanding of science and maths would be beneficial.

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

  • Identify the three main rock types and locate them on a geological map.
  • Explain the concept of stratigraphy and discuss the rock record.
  • Use maths and basic science to understand Earth processes that shaped Britain.
  • Construct a geological map that reflects how Britain formed.
  • Examine how plate tectonics plays its role in building Britain.

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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How the British Isles was formed


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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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