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GSCE - optional

We are one of the few schools in the country to be able to offer GCSE Astronomy as a sixth form option. The course is run by Mr Mike Willmott, an experienced astronomer who taught GCSE Astronomy with the Cornwall Schools Astronomy Project for many years, and has taken students to work on one of the major international telescopes on La Palma, in the Canary Islands.

The course runs as an after-school session, and the Pass Rate has been 100% for every year it has run.

The course covers
• Earth, Moon and Sun
• Planetary Systems
• Stars
• Galaxies and Cosmology

There are also opportunities to undertake practical project work of interest, choosing from projects about the Moon, meteors, solar & lunar eclipses, sunspots, sundials, shadow sticks, the night sky, Messier objects, stellar density, variable stars, light pollution, celestial events, and measuring the sidereal day.

Students will follow the updated 2009 GCSE Astronomy Syllabus, and all necessary work will be added to our own website, with purpose-written modules which can be accessed at school and at home. This will be similar to the current website content, which was created for the previous syllabus, and will still be relevant to the new course. The whole course will be taught by Mr Willmott, and students will also have access to our new Magic Planet system, which is the only one of its kind in South West England. Students will also have access to use the telescopes at the Caradon Observatory, a purpose built development (north of Upton Cross) which is nearing completion.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mr Willmott

 

 

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