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If you are fascinated by the night sky and our continuing exploration of the universe then this GCSE

Astronomy course is the subject for you. You will study the earth, moon and sun, planetary systems,

stars, galaxies and cosmology. This course has a small mathematical element to it. It complements

the programme of study for GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science and supports students’

understanding of How Science Works.

Astronomy is delivered as an additional GCSE to those taught as part of the timetabled curriculum.

As such students are required to attend weekly lessons after School.

Costs

None

Trips

We shall visit the Royal Masonic School’s Planetarium and attend other Space-related talks and events

as the opportunities arise.

Pathways

Further Education

: A Level Chemistry, Biology, Psychology or Physics

University and careers

: Aerospace Engineering, Astronomy, Computer Programming, Government

Researcher, Teacher, Management Consultant

Content

Component 1

Component 2

Practical Observation

Naked-eye Astronomy

50% of grade.

90 minute exam in Year 11

Telescopic Astronomy

50% of grade.

90 minute exam in Year 11

6-10 hours of classroom

time plus observation at

home.

Two projects completed over

course

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Astronomy