Astronomy GCSE

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Astronomy GCSE:

Explore the Universe and our position in it with this fascinating course. You'll learn all about Earth's solar system and beyond, investigate the movements of planets and stars, how they are formed, and how we observe and interact with Space, using your own practical observations to develop valuable scientific and maths skills.

Topics include:
Section 1: The planet Earth
Section 2: Celestial observation
Section 3: The Moon and the solar system
Section 4: Exploring the solar system
Section 5: Early models of the solar system, planetary motion and gravity
Section 6: Solar astronomy and the Earth-Sun-Moon system
Section 7: Time and cycles, the formation of the planets
Section 8: Exploring starlight
Section 9: Stellar evolution and our place in the galaxy
Sectin 10: Classification of galaxies and cosmology

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There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need the ability to carry out observations of the night sky.

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GCSE or equivalent

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Variable - to suit the learner


Beginner IntermediateAdvanced

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No attendance for this course

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This is a distance learning course

Total time for completion:

No time limit

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