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Politics, geography, geology, psychology and sociology are all part of our offer alongside science, nature and ecology. Come along and find out more about a subject that may be new to you and take the opportunity to see how you can apply your learning in your local community. Many of our natural and social science courses offer opportunities to get involved in practical activities too.

Adventures in Summer Astronomy View details

An introduction to Astronomy, to cover the basics of what is visible in the night sky with the naked eye: the constellations, the moon and the planets, with a little more in-depth study of some topics

Adventures in Summer Astronomy View details

An introduction to Astronomy, to cover the basics of what is visible in the night sky with the naked eye: the constellations, the moon and the planets, with a little more in-depth study of some topics

Astronomy View details

This course provides an introduction to all aspects of astronomy so that learners can understand recent developments in the field and also start observing the night sky, either with the naked eye or with a telescope. We will also consider how stars evolve and eventually die and study various cosmological 'hot' topics such as Gravitational waves and Dark Matter

Astronomy for beginners View details

This course introduces you to the composition and structure of the universe. Astronomy is the scientific study of the contents of the entire Universe. This course will provide you with a study of the universe and the conditions, properties, and motions of bodies in space.

Astronomy, space research and society View details

Astronomy and space might seem to some people to be remote, distant topics with very little use to our everyday lives. However, this is certainly not the case. We will explore some of these applications - from civilizations thousand of years ago using the heavens as a basis for calendars to the new materials developed for space travel that find applications that benefit us all. Learners will be encouraged to carry out small-group research into such materials and, if possible, bring along examples to class. The stars and planets on view in the summer night sky will be discussed as well as the latest astronomy and space stories.

British Politics since WWII View details

It removes the common fear of controversial topics and arms the student with the knowledge to make politics both interesting and even enjoyable. There will be a special focus on matters of recurring significance such as industrial relations, public v private, Northern Ireland and, of course, Brexit, plus a look back at other major political events from the last seventy-five years, and the politicians and governments involved in them.

Criminology View details

This course is suitable for beginners and those who completed the ‘Introduction to Criminology’ course, further developing your theory of criminology. Covering the subjects of: crime and the media; feminist criminology; victims, victimization and victimology; organised crime; drugs and alcohol; understanding criminal justice; policing; criminal and forensic psychology. You will explore the topics through presentations, discussions and written explanations. This topic is relevant to a wide range of jobs in the public, voluntary and community sectors. For example, social welfare services, criminal justice services, community support services among others. The key skills you will develop are relevant to any job context.

Current Affairs and International Relations View details

In a rapidly changing world there is need to keep informed on key domestic and international developments. The course addresses these.

Day School: Carbon: Its Relevance to Climate Change View details

Life as we know it on earth would not be possible without carbon. Living things get most of the carbon they need from the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. This course will explore some features of carbon chemistry that make this possible and why human activity is affecting the environmental balance.

Economics for Everyday View details

Learners will gain basic understanding of the economic problems that individuals, societies and nations face. They will use everyday economic activities and critical thinking to make economic decisions of every day life. Learners will learn economic terms with clear examples to help them understand economic laws and principles. Learners will be introduced to basic economic concept such as scarcity and how it entails choices. They will also explore how opportunity cost affects economics decision making since we have limited resources and endless needs and wants. The first part of the course will look at microeconomics and how families, businesses and government use it in everyday life; In the second part, the course will look Birdseye view of economics, It will introduce general concepts of economics including income, trade, inflation and unemployment.