We are delighted to announce the introduction of a new enrichment session for our Year 10 students, the Astronomy GCSE (Edexcel). It consists of a weekly hour-long sessions exploring the minutiae of space physics, cosmology and astrophysics. The duration of the course is two years, and will culminate in an examination at the end of Year 11. Successful candidates will receive an extra GCSE grade.
The Astronomy course consists of the following units:
Paper 1: Naked-eye Astronomy Paper 2: Telescopic Astronomy
Topic 1 – Planet Earth Topic 9 – Exploring the Moon
Topic 2 – The lunar disc Topic 10 – Solar astronomy
Topic 3 – The Earth-Moon-Sun system Topic 11 – Exploring the Solar System
Topic 4 – Time and the Earth-Moon-Sun cycles Topic 12 – Formation of planetary systems
Topic 5 – Solar System observation Topic 13 – Exploring starlight
Topic 6 – Celestial observation Topic 14 – Stellar evolution
Topic 7 – Early models of the Solar System Topic 15 – Our place in the Galaxy
Topic 8 – Planetary motion and gravity Topic 16 – Cosmology
Apart from engaging students within a rigorous scientific approach to discovery, empiricism and observational procedures, this course provides an interesting counterpoint to the GCSE Science curriculum, and allows for a deeper investigation into the big questions involving the cosmos and our place within it.