Technology, science & business

Excited by new technology, scientific breakthroughs or business success? Or perhaps you'd like to delve deeper into nature, conservation or astronomy?

We have a huge range of courses which help you to get your head around modern technology, give you the tools to succeed in business, or enable you to explore more of the world around you.

Our courses take place in the evenings, daytimes and at weekends, and are held in Covent Garden.

Find our contact details under 'About technology, science and business'.

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Technology, science & business highlights

Computing skills

Computing skills

Science

Science

Nature & ecology

Nature & ecology

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  1. Instagram: a short introduction

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get started with using Instagram, the visually based social media site. You will learn to share photos and connect with people for business and/or personal fun.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  2. Using Apple Mac OSX: short introduction

    Course Date: Mon 17 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about Apple Mac computers: the desktop, layout and environment, how to open, save and close files, and navigate the operating system.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  3. Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Astronomy: a gentle introduction

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A leisurely walk through back garden astronomy. Learn how to find your way around the constellations, whether to buy a telescope, how to find planets and look safely at the sun. Find out why astronomy is good for you.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  4. Stay safe online

    Course Date: Tue 25 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What does identify theft entail? What risks do you run? Learn how to protect yourself from identify theft on this course.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  5. Is self-employment for me?

    Course Date: Tue 2 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introductory course for anyone considering self-employment or starting their own business. Find out whether you're ready to take those daunting but exciting first steps.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  6. Digital security: how to protect your data and privacy on your PC, Internet and smartphone

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The recent scandals involving Facebook, stolen data, targeted advertising and manipulation have revealed the importance of digital security and making sure that your activity on-line and on the phone remain private. Yet most of us take very few precautions and have very little understanding of how easily accessible and unsecure our digital activity is. This course will show you how to take your digital security as seriously as you protect your own home. You will learn how to use key security features and resources, understand important jargon and discover which apps are the better than others at keeping your data private.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Twitter: a short introduction

    Course Date: Thu 4 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to Twitter, the social networking and online news service. The course provides a base understanding of the channel for personal and professional use.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  8. Astronomy guest lecture: The Milky Way - our galaxy

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this lecture Raman Prinja, Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL) will take us through a spectacular tour of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Starting from our local solar neighbourhood, Professor Prinja will explain the latest discoveries of star and planet formation, and massive stellar clusters that feedback to the ecology of our galaxy. Using superb imagery from space and ground-based telescopes, the lecture will discuss the overall form and content of our galaxy, including the oldest stars and evidence for dark matter in its halo. The journey will also take us to the very centre of the galaxy to explore a supermassive black hole. The lecture will conclude with the future evolution of our galaxy and the great collision ahead. Raman Prinja is Professor of Astrophysics at University College London (UCL). His main research interests are in the studies of the evolution and properties of the most massive stars in our Galaxy.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  9. Using hashtags effectively

    Course Date: Fri 5 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Hashtags are used on social media across many platforms, including Twitter and Instagram. This class is devoted to understanding hashtags and how to use them properly and effectively on social platforms. What is a hashtag, how do you create and track one, and how do you pick the right hashtag for your social media content.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  10. Digital media for parents: understand the apps your children are using

    Course Date: Thu 11 Oct 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you know what apps your children or grandchildren are using? Are you able to share experiences with them digitally? Is ‘their’ world a completely different one from yours? This course will help familiarise you with computer and digital jargon, common apps, and how to use them. It will enable you to discuss issues of digital security and safety and understand how access to different digital resources can be managed.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £15.00

  11. Pivot Tables: a deeper look

    Course Date: Thu 11 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Have you always wanted to understand how to use pivot tables in Excel to gain new insights on data? Learn how in this short course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  12. Introduction to Cloud computing

    Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Cloud computing uses the internet to provide shared computing resources on demand. Learn about the major operators in this business and how to avoid expensive hardware costs by renting what you need when you need it.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  13. Excel: tables and charts

    Excel: tables and charts

    Course Date: Thu 18 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to create effective Excel tables and to chart your data on this short course.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  14. Science guest lecture: Plate tectonics: the story of geology’s Grand Unifying Theory

    Course Date: Fri 19 Oct 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of Plate Tectonics which has since become terrestrial geology's Grand Unifying Theory. Ted Nield will explain the theory and how the concepts relate to the earlier ideas of ‘Continental Drift’.



    Ted Nield is the author of several highly successful books on geology: Underlands - a journey through Britain's lost landscape (2014). Incoming! or, why we should stop worrying and learn to love the meteorite (2011)) and Supercontinent - 10 billion years in the life of our planet (2007). He was editor from 1997 to 2018 of the Geological Society’s magazine, Geoscientist.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  15. Excel: applying formulae and functions

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Move beyond basic arithmetic in Excel and learn to use the power of formulae and functions to save time and to extract new information from your data.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  16. City of London gardens: their history and botany

    Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the delights of some small gardens in London's Square Mile, where rich planting enhances historic sites. Special trees are a highlight. Practical plant identification will be provided at Build in the morning, with a guided walk in the afternoon.



    Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor and Birkbeck Colleges for 15 years as well as at the Build. She is a is a Green Flag Parks judge.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £22.00

  17. Grow in Confidence with Networking - for work and business

    Course Date: Wed 7 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Are you one of the estimated 90% of people who find networking daunting and difficult? If so, discover the easy way to network, and reap the benefits in your work or business life.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  18. Neandertals: an evaluation of the latest research

    Course Date: Sun 11 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Our perception of Neandertals has changed considerably over the past century. It will continue to change as we find more evidence. This lecture-based course will offer a clear summary of what the latest research is telling us about Neandertals and its implications. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  19. Science guest  lecture : Becoming human – the evolution of cognition

    Science guest lecture : Becoming human – the evolution of cognition

    Course Date: Fri 16 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    How did we humans obtain our cognitive abilities? Dr Gillian Forrester researches both the evolutionary history of our species and the developmental progression of the individual. This lecture will focus on behaviours that we share with other animals and consider which particular behaviours might have been important for modern humans’ cognition.



    Gillian Forrester is a comparative cognitive neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck, University of London. She has researched in both Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego and Experimental Psychology at Oxford .
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £9.00
    Concession: £9.00

  20. Image credit: "Geology Snow Turret Arch Sandstone Winter" via Max Pixel

    Introduction to geology

    Course Date: Sun 18 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Geology, the study of solid Earth, rocks and the processes by which they change, is a vast subject covering billions of years of history and offering insights into areas such as past climates and the history of life. Discover more about the underlying principles of this important science such as plate tectonics, how rocks are made and the evolution of life. Charles Clarke (MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from University College London) has a special interest in hominin evolutionary research and is also committed to introducing geology to a wider audience.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  21. Social media content strategy

    Course Date: Mon 26 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In order to successfully use social media for business, it is essential to have a clear strategy and create good content to encourage audience engagement. You'll learn both in this class.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  22. Snapchat for business

    Course Date: Fri 30 Nov 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how Snapchat is used by a younger audience (ages 18-34) and how you can increase community engagement, mobile marketing, and brand awareness through innovative marketing campaigns.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  23. The physics of time

    Course Date: Sun 2 Dec 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We'll explore the concept of time in everyday life, using the theories of special and general relativity. We'll investigate its nature in the quantum world zooming out to the large scale Universe.



    Radmila Topalovic holds a degree in Physics with Astrophysics and a PhD in Astrochemistry. She has written articles for The Guardian Starwatch column and The Mercury Night Sky column, and is a co-author of Stargazing: A beginner's guide to astronomy. Radmila was an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, she is currently Programme Leader for Science and Engineering at Kaplan International College.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  24. LinkedIn: a short introduction

    Course Date: Mon 10 Dec 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Get started with LinkedIn with this short introductory course through learning the basics of this important business platform.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

  25. A short introduction to Windows 10

    Course Date: Sun 27 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    New to Windows 10? Unsure about Edge and Cortana? Join this course and get to grips with this new operating system. This friendly introduction will open doors to the main elements of the software, as well as some of its less accessible applications and tools.

    This course is FREE if you are employed and earn less than £19,890. You need to have lived in the UK or EU for the last 3 years and be a citizen of the UK or a country within the EU. When you come for assessment or enrolment, bring a pay slip dated within 3 months of the course start date, or a current employment contract that shows your gross salary.

    Call 222-66-889-99 for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £20.00

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