Rickmansworth School GCSE Pathway 3 Option Booklet

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O verview 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


Component 1

Component 2

Practical Observation • 6-10 hours of classroom time plus observation at home. • Two projects completed over course

Naked-eye Astronomy • 50% of grade. • 90 minute exam in Year 11

Telescopic Astronomy • 50% of grade. • 90 minute exam in Year 11


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