GCSE Astronomy for Adults 2019/20

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Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm | Until 26 May 2020
£575 (+ optional exam fees of £90)
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre
Astronomy courses

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

The 2019/2020 GCSE Astronomy Course has now SOLD OUT. 

The GCSE astronomy course at Royal Observatory Greenwich 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 5th June and 8th June 2020 (provisional). The exam registration and administration fees are additional to the course cost (£90) and must be paid by 1 October 2019.

Each course participant will receive GCSE Astronomy: A Guide for Pupils and Teachers (Fifth Edition, Nigel Marshall, Mickledore Publishing) as a reference text for use during the course.

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.

Holiday dates: 29 Oct, 17, 24 Dec, 31 Dec, 18 Feb & 7, 14 Apr

Exam dates: 5 and 8 Jun 2020 (Provisional)

Location: Royal Astronomy Greenwich Astronomy Centre

Tutor: Mike Keskeys

Please note: Exam course dates subject to change.