Gardening

Ref: C3127193

This course introduces learners to gardening and the environment and how we can use what we have learned in our own gardens to enhance our lives. The sessions will involve activities including growing plants from seed and using propagation to create more plants (a re-cap and continuation of what was taught during part one of the course). As a group we shall look at how to plan the allotment, the importance of crop rotation and what we will plant in each bed. We will learn how to use our senses to their best advantage when we grow herbs and flowers for cooking. Through-out the course we will look at progression opportunities that this course may have including more courses or employment, we will look at this as a group and on an induvial basis. We will conclude the course with a trip to the Botanical Gardens (learners to pay for entrance and bus fare) to see the park in high Summer and find two things we have learned from this visit that we can put into practice.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to teach you how to become self sufficient by helping to run The Dolphin Centre's Allotment. 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 suitable for beginners and improvers
  • 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:

  • Grow plants from seed and propagation
  • Discover how to plan an allotment and the importance of crop rotation
  • Learn how to use our senses to their best advantage when we grow ten herbs and flowers for cooking
  • Look at progression opportunities that this course may have including more courses or employment
  • Take part in the trip to the Botanical Gardens (learners to pay for entrance and bus fare) to see the park in high summer and find at least 2 things from the visit that we can use in our allotment or our gardens.

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
  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You will need to bring pens, paper and file to every session.

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
  • 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

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the West Midlands 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

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

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