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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, this course will cover the basics of: what is visible in the night sky with the naked eye: the constellations, the moon and the planets. For the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon-landings, we will look in a little more detail at the moon.

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

Biology - An Introduction Using the Human Body View details

The human body (yours) will be used to demonstrate the characteristics of living organisms, and we will use the information it gives us to explore the same characteristics in plants and animals. Experiments will be done to look at new concepts and to develop an understanding of how to design and record experiments. Some work will be done on looking at living tissues using hand-lenses and microscopes. The class will explore differences and similarities between humans and other species and the roles they fill in the natural environment.

Birdwatching: Understanding birds in the local environment View details

A course of practical birdwatching trips in different locations. Learn to identify a range of species across key habitats, understanding how birds are adapted to the demands of their environment.

Branch Event: Mum, Mom or Mam? What Our Language Choices Say About Us View details

An exploration of what our language choices say about us.

Branch Event: The Best Prime Ministers We Never Had...Further Thoughts View details

Here we will continue our exploration of the careers of post-war politicians who came close to being Prime Minister but in the event never made it. Our first study day to consider this theme is on 30 March, to be followed on 27 April. Each day can however be taken individually. Guest speaker - Phillip Giddings

Branch Event: The Best Prime Ministers We Never Had…? View details

We will review the careers of leading post-war British politicians who came close to becoming Prime Minister but in the event never made it. We will discuss why they failed to win the supreme prize and whether there are common factors which contributed to their failures. We will speculate about what a government led by them would have looked like.

Branch Event:Space Probes exp our understanding of the Solar Sytem View details

Use the internet to research and discover the historic origins and have instant access to current knowledge and research of Space.

British Politics since World War II View details

By looking back at what has happened in British politics sine 1940, the course enables all learners to understand the background of today's more controversial issues and offer some students something of a 'trip down memory lane'. 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 an added focus on matters of recurring significance such as industrial relations, public v private, Northern Ireland and, of course, Brexit.

CSI - Who Grabbed the Great Goblet? View details

A challenge to assess a crime scene, look at investigative techniques & assess the level of evidence to secure a court conviction & decide on an appropriate sentence.