The Restless Earth: How Earth's Surface Moves

Ref: C2420800

This course will show why we have rocks in the British Isles which were formed under very different environmental conditions and the forces which give us our present landscape. We will look at the rocks and see how they formed and why they are very different from each other. The course will look at how the earth is always moving and why earthquakes and volcanoes are related to this movement and look at the features that are produced.

Course aim

This course is an introduction to our earth, how it formed,why the surface is always moving and the consequences of that. We will relate that to the rocks found in the British Isles and why they vary so much and the conditions they were formed under.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • This course is open to anybody who is interested in geology and our Earth

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

  • Understand the structure of the earth and how the surface is always moving.
  • Understand how volcanoes and earthquakes are caused and how this relates to plates on the earths surface.
  • Be able to identify the main types of rock on the earths surface and how they formed.
  • Identify a range of rock structures we find in the British Isles and how they are formed and relating them to plate movements.
  • Understand how rocks formed under different climates and environments are found in the British Isles

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
  • We will use power point presentations, DVD's and practical hands on work with samples Discussions with the group on the relevant topics Students can bring in books, samples etc to show the other students on the course

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

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
  • Pen and notebook for completing your own notes for future reference. Handouts will be provided Tea coffee and biscuits are available at the tea break at 20p

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Ideas for future reference and further study will be given on the course

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 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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The Restless Earth: How Earth's Surface Moves


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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

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