2017-2019 GCSE Options Booklet 4 Option Pathway

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Astronomy

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. Trips 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 : Space Engineering, Astronomy Content : 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. Costs None

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