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Astronomy GCSE *FEES PAYABLE* at St Mary's Senior School

Course description

Aims of the Course • To observe and explain basic observational phenomena, such as tides, eclipses and solstices. • To make detailed observations of the sun, moon, planets, meteors, stars, nebulae and galaxies, using binoculars and telescopes eg by viewing Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s moons. • To design and build a telescope. • To learn about the latest results from unmanned missions to planets, satellites, comets and asteroids within the solar system. • To estimate the probability of finding life on other planets using the Drake equation. • To analyse the experimental evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe. • To investigate the observational and theoretical evidence for and against the Big Bang model for the creation of the Universe.

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will achieve an A Grade at GCSE in the subjects that you wish to continue to AS Level.

If you are joining us for Sixth Form from another school we require that you achieve at least six A Grades and above at GCSE Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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