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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 galaxy
Section 10: 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
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To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £445
Amount of credit: £400.50
Monthly payment: £66.75
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £445
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
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Study at your own pace.
There are no academic requirements for this course.
Course materials are written in English so a good level of written English is required.
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