From stars and constellations, the solar system and nebulae; to cosmology and space exploration; our interactive GCSE Astronomy online course will enable you to explore space through engaging resources, at your own pace.
Whether you’re a beginner, an experienced astronomer, or someone who wants to develop a deeper understanding of the Universe, our GCSE Astronomy online course will spark your curiosity and passion for learning through high quality materials and expert support from a course tutor.
As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in astronomy, our GCSE Astronomy online course is ideal if you:
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 – Planetary motion and gravity
- What practical work do I need to do?
- When should I carry out these tasks?
Preparing for the tasks
- What special resources will I need?
- How should I plan my observations?
- What do I need to record?
- How should I report my observations?
- What happens next?
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
Section 10 – Classification of galaxies and cosmology
Your learning experience
Study GCSE Astronomy with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 online learning platform.
This easy-to-use platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you to evaluate your progress as you go.
Our course tutors
You’ll have access to 1:1 support from one of our tutors. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience in supporting online learners.
Meet Julie Houghton, one of our Astronomy Tutors.
“I love learning and inspiring other people to learn. I’ve worked with students from primary to undergraduate level as I have taught in schools and universities. Now, I specialise in home education and distance learning, teaching people in the UK and overseas. I have a degree in physics with astrophysics and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in physics, science and maths, both from the University of Birmingham, and an LLM in Law from the University of Leeds. A senior examiner for several exam boards, I am also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.”
Exam board Edexcel 1ASO
*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
Discover more about our Exam Support in our Exam Handbook.
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
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We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £495
Amount of credit: £445.50
Monthly payment: £74.25
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £495
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.