Examination Board: Pearson Edexcel
Specification code: 1AS0
Why study GCSE Astronomy?
Candidates studying Astronomy will build on their own natural fascination with the night sky and the Universe. Astronomy is constantly in the media, in both fact and film, making this course all the more engaging and relevant to students.
Pupils will carry out practical observations of a variety of different objects ranging from planets to meteor showers, including the use of internet accessed robotic telescopes. They will also learn to navigate their way around the night sky and so be able to point out and describe the most interesting celestial objects visible to both the naked eye and telescopes.
Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences, yet astronomers are still today discovering new worlds, identifying new parts of our Solar System and exploring phenomena such as black holes, the Big Bang and life on Mars. Get involved!
Course Content and Assessment:(GCSE Astronomy will be graded on a 9–1 scale)
The assessment of this GCSE is 100% examination (x2 papers, sat at the end of Year 11).
The content of the specification has been split into the 16 topics listed below:
Topics 1 to 8 are assessed in Paper 1 Naked-eye Astronomy (1hr 45mins) 100 marks
Topic 1 – Planet Earth Topic 2 – The lunar disc
Topic 3 – Earth-Moon-Sun system Topic 4 – Time and the Earth-Moon-Sun cycles
Topic 5 – Solar System observation Topic 6 – Celestial observation
Topic 7 – Models of the Solar System Topic 8 – Planetary motion and gravity
Topics 9 to 16 are assessed in Paper 2 Telescopic Astronomy (1hr 45mins) 100 marks
Topic 9 – Exploring the Moon Topic 10 – Solar astronomy
Topic 11 – Exploring the Solar System Topic 12 – Formation of planetary systems
Topic 13 – Exploring starlight Topic 14 – Stellar evolution
Topic 15 – Our place in the Galaxy Topic 16 – Cosmology
If you would like to ask any further questions regarding these courses, then please contact:
- Mr K Wideman (GCSE Astronomy Teacher): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr J Crane (GCSE Astronomy Teacher): email@example.com
- Mr E Stubley (Head of Faculty): firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information can be found in the following documents: