Education Guide 2013

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Want to broaden your horizons? Here’s a round-up of some of the further education, postgraduate and short courses available in science subjects, with part-time, full-time and distance learning options to suit your lifestyle

Cardiff University

Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy houses one of the UK’s largest communities of astronomers and astrophysicists. Learn Physics and Astrophysics in an internationally renowned, friendly research environment.

  • A range of 3 year (BSc) and 4 year (MPhys) undergraduate degrees, with a core first year to allow for flexibility between schemes
  • A BSc programme in “Physics and Astronomy with a Professional Placement”
  • Final year independent projects, working with real astronomers on real research topics
  • An on–site astronomical observatory, control rooms and data processing laboratories
  • Learn transferable skills allowing excellent employment possibilities
  • Become part of a friendly and thriving capital city and a vibrant student community

Liverpool John Moores University

Remaining courses running to August 2013:

  • Mar - The Science of Science Fiction
  • Apr - Exploring the Universe
  • May - Modern Cosmology
  • May - Gamma Ray Bursts
  • Jun - The Universe through a Small Telescope
  • Jul - Planetary Atmospheres
  • Jul - The Universe through a Large Telescope

University College London

The UCL Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy is taught at the UCL campus in Central London. The two year course of part-time study requires no subject-related A-level. Study is in UCL’s Physics and Astronomy Department, one evening per week from 6 to 9pm. It has a much greater coverage of astronomy than ordinary evening classes and includes regular practical classes at UCL’s superbly equipped Observatory at Mill Hill. This course is ideal for keen amateur astronomers, teachers and everyone interested in learning more about astronomy. The certificate is endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society. Details and application form are linked on the web page below.

Planet Earth Education

A popular and long standing provider of astronomy distance learning courses. All courses enjoy an excellent reputation and a certificate is awarded for each completed course. Students have easily accessible, one-to-one contact with their tutors. Five astronomy courses available:

  • GCSE Astronomy - for a certificate
  • PEC Nature of the Planets - learning for fun about the solar system
  • PEC Nature of the Stars - learning for fun about the night sky
  • PEC Astronomy - to GCSE standard but without the exam
  • PEC Advanced Astronomy - for the more dedicated student
Also available: The Mobile Stars Planetarium – an exciting educational experience for children in schools and for scouting groups.

University of Bath

Integrated Environmental Management, Distance Learning Programme
The Faculty of Engineering and Design at the University of Bath offers a range of IEMA accredited Graduate and Continuing Professional Development courses in Environmental Management. Studied through distance learning, these flexible courses are designed with working professionals in mind. All our tutors have extensive experience in the industry, and are on hand to support and advise you in our dynamic online teaching environment.

Study Environmental Science

We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence in teaching and research (1st in UK 2008 Research Assessment Exercise; Environmental science programmes in UK top ten in 2013 Times Good University Guide). Our students engage with global environmental issues and their management and have opportunities to conduct field work overseas. Our students enjoy:

  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment
  • Opportunities for UK and overseas fieldwork
  • Project placement opportunities available in the public and private sectors
BSc and MSc programmes: BSc Environmental Science, BSc Environmental Science with Business Management, MSc Environmental Science: Integrated Management of Freshwater Environments, MSc Environmental Science by Research, MSci Environmental Science

The British Science Festival

The British Science Festival is going nutty about Newcastle next September. We will be gracing the Geordie shores with a science spectacular to remember from 7 – 12 September 2013 With the top minds in science heading east, make sure you don't miss out on all the science fun:

  • An exciting programme of entertaining and engaging shows and spectaculars featuring artists, musicians and comedians
  • Eminent scientists including stars of the small screen, those at the forefront of today’s technology and scientists searching for solutions to tomorrow’s problems
  • The best the UK has to offer in science shows and workshops for school groups aged from 8 to 18
  • Fun for all the family around the city
Sign up for the British Science Festival newsletter to be the first to hear about all the exciting events

The School of GeoSciences

The School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh is the largest grouping of GeoScientists in the UK with over 370 academics, researchers and research students.

Our exciting and innovative Masters programmes are designed to develop in graduates those skills and areas of expertise most prized by employers. The School promotes industry engagement through collaborative dissertation projects; seminars and conferences and fieldwork exercises. This means that our graduates are exceptionally well-placed to find relevant work, as well as continuing in academia.

Looking to change direction? We support a return to learning, offering many of our programmes part-time over 2 or 3 years.

To find out more please visit:

University of Hertfordshire

You can choose from a wide range of study routes leading to University of Hertfordshire degrees.

· Full-time study –
· As a full-time student, you’ll attend lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials at regular times. You will also work on independent and group assignments and spend time studying on your own.
· Part-time study – You’ll need to be able to attend university during the day, perhaps through a day-release programme or as an individual student. You’ll also need to set aside time for private study.
· Online distance learning – Online study gives you the flexibility to study at your own pace. You can still interact with other students and tutors online during scheduled sessions. Assessments are also scheduled at specific times. View a list of online distance learning courses

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