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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

Astronomy Day School: The Latest Developments 2019 View details

In this day-school we will firstly discuss the most recent space missions that have been exploring our solar system. These include the recent Chinese missions to the Moon, Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity, the Japanese Hyabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu - an ambitious sample return mission - and the similar NASA mission to asteroid Bennu. In the outer solar system we have the on-going Juno mission to Jupiter and recently the New Horizons mission has flown past Ultima Thule way beyond Pluto. We will go on to explore the more distant universe and look at the latest 'extra-solar planet' discoveries and results from the Gaia probe - currently making the most detailed map ever of the Milky Way galaxy. We will continue into the realm of the galaxies with a consideration of latest cosmological observations and what they can tell us about the history of the universe and our place within it.

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.

Body User's Guide View details

This is a fun approach to study and we can get answers to the following: Do you know the difference between poo and wee (faeces and urine)? What does the liver do? How can I look after it? What you blood tests, urine tests and pulse rate tell the doctor? What are enzymes and hormones? We have a fast and slow way to react to things. Why? How? These and other questions will be answered on this day school. We will look at the organs of the body with their uses and consider how these impacts on our bodies as adults. You can become more confident when discussing health matters with professionals. You will have a short break to eat your packed lunch and look at the exhibits. You will also have en email to follow the class with the PowerPoints and links to websites and videos for more reading. Please bring packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

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: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.