Essential Information

Type Talks and courses
Royal Observatory
Date and Times Tuesdays: 6.30pm-9pm
Prices £615 (+ optional exam fees of £100)

The 2020-21 season has now ended. New dates for next academic year will be announced by end of June. Please check this page for updates.

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

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 the Maths quiz below before deciding to do the course.

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 which will be conducted online via Microsoft Classroom until social distancing ends.

The course will then be held on-site at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. For those who are keen to obtain the formal GCSE Astronomy qualification, arrangements can be made to take the required exams at Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath, in Summer 2021 for an additional fee and subject to social distancing rules at the time of the exam.

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.

This course is intended for adult and is therefore suitable for those aged 18+ only.

If you are 16+ and are interested in the course, please contact our bookings team (bookings@rmg.co.uk) and we will consider entry on a case-by-case basis. 

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A father and son play on the Prime Meridian Line outside the historic Flamsteed House building of the Royal Observatory

Royal Observatory

  • Guaranteed entry time
  • Audio guide included
  • Planetarium shows not included
Adult £16.00
Child £8.00