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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





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

related talks and events as the opportunities arise.


Further Education

: A Level Chemistry, Biology, Psychology or Physics

University and careers

: Space Engineering, Astronomy



You will be assessed through two one and a half hour examination papers at the

end of year 11, Naked-eye Astronomy and Telescopic Astronomy, each worth 50%

of the grade. You will also complete two practical observational projects during the

two years, each of which will require 6 - 10 hours’ classroom time plus observation

time at home. Typical observations may include the surface of the moon,

constellations and sunspots.