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Astronomy at Prendergast - Ladywell Fields College

Course description

All GCSE specifications in Astronomy should encourage students to: • develop their curiosity and enthusiasm for astronomy and to take an informed interest in current astronomical investigations, discoveries and space exploration • acquire knowledge and understanding of astronomy study and practice and the skills needed to investigate a wide range of astronomy contexts • appreciate that the study and practice of astronomy are co-operative and cumulative activities and to appreciate the links between astronomy and other branches of science • promote an awareness that the study and practice of astronomy are subject to social, economic, technical, ethical and cultural influences and limitations and that the applications of astronomy and space exploration may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual and the community. All GCSE specifications in Astronomy must enable students to: • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of astronomical facts, concepts, techniques and terminology • show understanding of how astronomical evidence is collected and its relationship with the astronomical explanations and theories • show understanding of how astronomical knowledge and ideas change over time and how these changes are validated • apply concepts and draw conclusions related to familiar and unfamiliar situations • plan an astronomical observation and carry it out safely and skillfully • analyse and interpret qualitative and quantitative data from different sources • evaluate the methods used when carrying out an observation • consider the validity and reliability of data in presenting and justifying conclusions. The GCSE in Astronomy will allow students to experience different aspects of our Universe. Observation is a key part of this qualification and students should carry out observations with and without optical aids.

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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