GCSE Astronomy for Adults

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18 September 2018 – 28 May 2019 | Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm
£563 (+ optional exam fees of £90)
Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Astronomy courses

This comprehensive course provides an opportunity to acquire a rigorous scientific understanding of the universe.

GCSE astronomy offers a firm grounding in the study of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and the wider Universe.

This course requires a basic understanding of geometry, trigonometry and algebra. We encourage all our prospective GCSE Astronomy students to try this Maths Quiz before deciding to do the course. The answers can be read here. This is not an exhaustive list of the types of mathematical concepts you will encounter, but is indicative of the level of understanding required.

The course consists of 30 Tuesday evening classes. For those who are keen to obtain the formal GCSE Astronomy qualification two exams must be sat at Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath on 3rd June and 10th June 2019 (provisional). The exam registration and administration fees are additional to the course cost (£90) and must be paid by 1 October 2018.

Studying this course requires good scientific and mathematical knowledge and computer literacy. While this course is intended for adults, students aged 14 and upwards will be considered for enrolment on a case by case basis. Please see below for a brief overview of the topics covered in the course and how those are assessed over two written examinations: Naked-eye Astronomy and Telescopic Astronomy.

Holiday dates: 30 Oct, 18, 25 Dec, 1 Jan, 19 Feb & 9, 16 Apr

Exam dates: 3, 10 Jun 2019 (Provisional)

Location: Astronomy Centre

Tutor: Mike Keskeys

Please note: Exam course dates subject to change.