GCSE Astronomy aims to give students the opportunity to:
· Develop their curiosity and enthusiasm for astronomy and to take an informed interest in current astronomical investigations, discoveries and space exploration.
· Enhance their Science studies and learn about different aspects of Science, alongside their other Science courses.
· Progress to further and higher education courses in the fields of Astronomy or Physics.
There is one non-tiered exam consisting of a two hour exam worth 75% of the final grade. Students also take a controlled assessment consisting of a series of astronomical observations worth the final 25%.
How will studying Astronomy help me in the future?
Students will undertake practical observations when studying this qualification and will collect first-hand data and make observations following the same process as professional astronomers.
Astronomy is suitable, whether you intend further study in Science or not. It can open the doors to future careers in Physics and the Space Industry.
Head of Department: Mr I Wilson