University Centre Tonbridge

Engaging courses for part-time study


Short Courses

Our short course programme allows you to spend time exploring a subject purely for interest among like-minded people, without formal assessment as well as offering an ideal starting point in gaining the confidence to join one of our part-time degree-level programmes.

The Spring and Summer 2017 programme offers courses for self-development as well as in the humanities. We are also offering courses in association with others: with Medway's U3A we are offering a range of lectures to be held at the University's Medway campus but organised by the Tonbridge Centre, and a Creative Writing weekend at the Tonbridge Centre in association with local writing groups.

The short course programme consists of courses that range from one-off sessions of two or three hours or weekly meetings of up to eight weeks in length. The courses are listed below with links to a pdf showing full details. The paper version of the programme, including an application form, can also be viewed and downloaded. To book a place on any of the courses, please use Online booking. Alternatively, complete and post an application form also available separately here.. Please also refer to the University of Kent Tonbridge Centre's general information and terms & conditions.

We encourage you to contact us if you have requests for other subjects or if the the subject interests you but the days/times are unsuitable. Please also contact us if you would like to register your postal and email addresses to receive our mailings.

 

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ART HISTORY

More Art in context
Katia Mai PhD
8 weeks                            January 24, 31; February 7, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21.    
Tuesdays                         10.30am – 12.30pm
Course fee: £109

 

Pre-exhibition guidance:  “The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography”
Katia Mai PhD
3 seminars                       February 21, 28, March 21.
Tuesdays                         1.15 – 3.15pm
Course fee: £44* excludes travel and museum entry

Two weeks are allocated for students to independently visit the exhibition after the first two seminars. The final seminar is intended for discussion about the exhibition.

 

Artists and their studios
Jill Denman BA (Hons) PGDip
Study Day                          Monday 27 March, from 10am – 4pm  Course fee: £37


 Venus – images of a goddess
Katia Mai PhD
3 weeks                                     May 9, 16, 23                   
Tuesdays                                  10.30am – 12.30pm
Course fee: £44

 

The Art of Friendship: Ravilious and his Circle
Jill Denman BA (Hons) PGDip
4 weeks                                     June 5, 12, 19, 26  
Mondays                                     10.30am – 12.30pm
Course fee: £55

 

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CLASSICS

 

The Quest
Chris Spillane PhD
4 weeks                                     March 7, 14, 21, 28
Tuesdays                                  10.30am -12.30pm
Course fee: £55    
                       

 

Getting to know the ancient Romans
Chris Spillane PhD
Study Day     10am - 4pm
Saturday 6 May
Course fee: £37       

 

 

A stroll through the Underworld
Chris Spillane PhD
Study Day     10am - 4pm
Saturday 24 June

Course fee: £37

 

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CREATIVE WRITING

Our Creative Writing courses are held in smaller class sizes for more individual attention

A Myth in a Day – develop a new world for your poetry, fiction, drama, or art
Charlie Bell MA
Study Day                                         10am – 4pm
Saturday 11 February

Course fee: £42

 

Creative Writing – Breaking the Rules
Charlie Bell MA
4 weeks                                  February 23; March 2, 9, 16.
Thursday                                10am – 12 noon.
 Course fee: £65

 

Reading and writing theatre/performance reviews
Kasia Senyszyn MA
Study day
Saturday 6 May from 10am – 4pm
Course fee: £42    

 

Walking and Writing in Tonbridge  
Charlie Bell MA
3 alternate weeks                      June 6, 20; July 4.
Tuesday                                     1– 4pm
Course fee: £75

 

Get published!
Sarah Salway MA
Study Day                                  Saturday 24 June
10am – 4pm
 Course fee: £42

 

Details of the Creative Writing courses at postgraduate-level are shown separately.

 

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FILM STUDIES

Reading and writing film reviews
Kasia Senyszyn MA
Study day
Friday 31 March from 10am – 4pm

Course fee: £42

 

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HISTORY

Medieval Life viewed through the 21st Century Lens
Julia Cruse PhD
6 weeks                                               10.30am – 12.30 pm
Thursdays                                           February 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30.

Course fee: £82

    

The Wars of the Roses: England’s Bloodiest Battles
Julia Cruse PhD
Study Day                                  10am – 4pm
Saturday                                    25 March
Course fee: £37   

  

Voices from the English Civil War, c. 1640-1650
Rebecca Warren MA  MPhil. PGCHE
4 weeks                                     11am – 1pm
Thursdays                                 May 4, 11, 18, 25
Course fee: £55

 

Queen Elizabeth I’s Men: Patriots or Profiteers?
Julia Cruse PhD
4 weeks                                   10.30am – 12.30 pm
Thursdays                               June 8, 15, 22, 29.       
Course fee: £55

 

Details of the History course at postgraduate-level is shown separately.

 

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LITERATURE

Latin American Literature
Sarah Anthony MA
5 alternate weeks            February 10, 24; March 10, 24; April 7.                    
Fridays                               10.30am – 12.30pm
Course fee: £69

 

Down the rabbit hole
Sarah Anthony MA
Study Day                               19 May                                  
Friday                                      10.30am – 4.30pm
Course fee: £37

 

Thomas Hardy & the Dorset coast
Geoff Doel PhD
5 weeks                                     May 30; June 6, 13, 20, 27.
Tuesdays                                    10.30am – 12.30pm
Course fee: £69

 

George Orwell
Sarah Anthony MA
4 weeks                                  June 23, 30; July 7, 14                       
Fridays                                   10.30am – 12.30pm
Course fee: £55

 

Jane Austen’s later novels
Geoff Doel PhD
Study Day                                  5 July
Wednesday                                 10.30am – 4.30pm 
Course fee: £37

 

Hard Luck! Literatures of Poverty and Austerity
Jo Collins PhD CELTA
Study Day                                  8 July
Saturday                                     10am – 4pm
Course fee: £37

 

Details of the Literature course at postgraduate-level are shown separately.

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MUSIC

This series of 'How to listen to...' is specially designed for those new to or wishing to more fully appreciate Classical Music. It is not neessary to have attended the whole series to benefit from each study day.

How to listen to String Quartets
Peter Medhurst GRSM, ARCM
Study Day                                          10am – 4pm
Saturday                                            11 February
Course fee: £37       


How to listen to the music of Mahler
Peter Medhurst GRSM, ARCM
Study Day                                  10am – 4pm
Saturday                                    11 March
Course fee: £37    

 

How to listen to the music of Wagner
Peter Medhurst GRSM, ARCM
Study Day                                  10am – 4pm
Saturday                                    8 July
Course fee: £37    

 

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PSYCHOLOGY

An introduction to the brain and brain injury
Joseph Brooks PhD
Study Day                                  18 March
Saturday                                     10am – 4pm
Course fee: £40

A sheep’s brain will be dissected and images of brains will be shown during the course. This is not graphic but if you are very sensitive to such things you may want to leave during the dissection.

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SELF-DEVELOPMENT

Introduction to Taoist Philosophy    
Paul Holden PTLLS CGMA
Workshop                                 
Saturday 11 March                      10am – 1pm
Course fee: £25

 

Writing for wellbeing
Sarah Salway MA Certified Instructor for Journal to the Self ©
4 weeks                                     March 1, 8, 15, 22                      
Wednesday                                1 – 3pm
Course fee: £80    

 

Communicate with confidence
Leanne Davies BA (Hons) PGCE
4 weeks                                     March 7, 14, 21, 28                    
Tuesday                                     1 – 3pm
Course code: 16TON285            Course fee: £ 80  

 

Mindfulness: skills to manage stress and develop resilience
Lorraine Millard AdvDip PGDip
2 linked workshops on Saturdays 18 March and 8 April   from 10am -1pm
Course code: 16TON286                  Course fee: £60        

 

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