GCSE in astronomy will enable students to:
- understand the structures of the Earth, Moon and Sun; and how their interactions produce many of the astronomical cycles and phenomena of our natural world
- understand the Earth’s place within the Solar System and the universe; and the forces which have shaped both our own and other planetary systems
- understand the forces governing the life-cycles of stars; and demonstrate a knowledge of how stars appear in the night sky
- understand how astronomers discovered the Earth’s position within our galaxy and the Universe; and understand current theories for the evolution of the Universe
- understand the challenges inherent in making observations in astronomy; and the ways in which technology has aimed to overcome them
- apply observational, enquiry and problem-solving skills, through the use of information from aided and unaided astronomical observations; and use these skills to evaluate observations and methodologies.
Pupils will have the opportunity to:
- develop an informed interest in current astronomical investigations, discoveries and space exploration
- acquire knowledge and understanding of astronomy theory and practice, and the skills needed to investigate a wide range of astronomical contexts
- understand that the study and practice of astronomy are interdependent and iterative activities, and appreciate the links between astronomy and other branches of science
- develop an awareness that the study and practice of astronomy are subject to limitations by e.g. economic, technical, ethical and cultural influences
- progress to further and higher education courses in the fields of astronomy or physics.