Courses

Whether you want to try something new, revisit a past passion, or take your skills to the next level, we have a huge range of courses for you to explore.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Use the filter on the left hand side to search by location (online), category, time of day, price and more to ensure you find the perfect course for you.

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  1. The Physics of time

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    We will explore the various different conceptions of time within modern physics. The absolute time of Newtonian mechanics is contrasted with the relativistic time of Einsteinian gravity. The possibility that time is quantized, made up of discrete moments, is seen to emerge in some of the most cutting edge theories of physics, such as loop quantum gravity and string theory. The emergence of time in the big bang, the direction of time, and the possibility of time travel are all explored.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  2. Build a website with WordPress in two sessions

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    WordPress is the world's most popular content management system, and it's free! On this intensive, one-day course you'll learn how to use it to build your own website.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  3. Making sense of fictions through philosophy

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Our ability not only to talk about fictional characters, but to say true things about them, has puzzled philosophers throughout history. This introductory course will show you why fictional characters present such a puzzle.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. A trapeze artist: how Kafka came to write as he did

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    How did Kafka come to write some of the most extraordinary fictions ever written? - the man who wakes up as a beetle, a judicial torture-machine, an ape’s lecture, a man whose name is reduced to a letter and his endless quest for justice. We explore why Kafka wrote such stories.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  5. LinkedIn: a detailed introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    In this longer, in-depth course, take a look at the crucial features to get started on building your network with LinkedIn.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £89.00

  6. Resilience and well-being for people who stammer

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 17 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This is a time of challenge for many of us. Learn practical skills to help you manage difficult thoughts and feelings and move your life forward in positive directions. These skills will impact on all areas of your life, and there’ll also be discussion on stammering-specific issues.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £12.00

  7. How to write a short story

    How to write a short story

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 18 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a series of inspiring and practical exercises, you'll be encouraged to tap into your imagination and draft a short story from beginning to end in four days.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £52.00

  8. An introduction to comparative Indian religions

    Course Date: Tue 18 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an introduction to Indian Religions. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism all have common aspects, but also some fundamental differences in philosophy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV and online. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you will gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00

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    Bird identification by sound and sight

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sometimes we hear birds before we see them. Find out more about identifying birds by sound and refresh your knowledge of the natural history of birds and what to look for to distinguish different species by sight and behaviour.



    Verity Miles, MSc, is a Zoologist and environmental campaigner, with a background in ecology, conservation and ornithology. Since studying and teaching in the Biological Sciences department of the University of Bristol, she has been working for an environmental campaigning organisation in London and managing nature reserves with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in her spare time. She is passionate about conservation and has a particular interest in birds. As a bird ringer, Verity has experienced identifying and handling many different species and is an advocate for urban birding and engaging with wildlife in the City.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  11. The Cinéma du Look: French Film in the 1980s

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will focus on a specific decade of French film production – the 1980s. French cinema’s dynamic relationship with Hollywood finds expression in this decade in the so-called cinéma du look, exemplified by directors such as Luc Besson. The course will look at the industrial, cultural and social factors in play during this period and it will explore the work of Besson and others.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  12. The 1990s: Hollywood remakes French Film

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course will explore a phenomenon that has a lengthy history in French cinema but which became especially prominent during the 1990s, namely the ‘remake’. It will explore the reasons behind the Hollywood remaking of French cinema and look in some detail at a number of specific and celebrated examples from the 1990s.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  13. Understanding the portrait

    Understanding the portrait

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the time tested and proven approach to successfully drawing portraits using a clear systematic approach along with detailed examples of how to simplify complex information like proportion, anatomy and construction of the head.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £99.00

  14. Professional practice: get your artwork out there

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 23 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This short workshop looks at how to go about getting your work to an audience. Students will bring some examples of their recent work – digital or in its physical form, for discussion for the purposes of writing a personal statement and seeking exhibiton opportunities. We will discuss your work in the context of contemporary art, look at applying for competitions, open exhibitions and residencies, networking, social media, finding exhibition spaces and marketing your work. This course will give you tips, know-how and confidence.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. US election special: update 8

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 27 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    With America increasingly in turmoil with the virus, the economy and civil disruption in many forms, the election of 2020 is increasingly looking like the most unpredictable and significant since 1968. We will look at the race for President; its mechanics; what is happening; and what is the historical context. We will also be exploring the upcoming congressional elections and the effect it will have on the Senate and House.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

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