Topic outline

  • Astronomy

    (Science Faculty)

    Astronomy

    E-Mail: headofscience@soham-college.org.uk

  • GCSE Astronomy

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification
    EdExcel Exam Board - GCSE Astronomy (1627) GCSE Astronomy 1627

    Course Outline

    GCSE Astronomy is a two year voluntary twilight course following the EDEXCEL syllabus. The teaching will consist of one lesson a week in year 9 and two in year 10. A few sessions may be held during school time, some will be held at night (advance warning will be given). Specialist equipment will not be necessary (just stationery), as the school has telescopes and binoculars. Two pieces of coursework need to be completed over the two years from given lists. Homework will be set form time to time and many new activities will be undertaken.

    Coursework makes up 20% of the final grade and candidates will need to complete two pieces of coursework from given lists. Each list will cover a specific skill area: observations with the naked eye, observations with optical aides (telescopes or binoculars), computational or graphical work and constructional work. Candidates may choose the individual pieces of coursework they undertake. Time will be set aside in lessons for coursework but some will have to be undertaken at home.

    Deadlines will have to be met or work will not be marked

    Year 9

    The Earth The Sun The Moon The Planets Project The Origin & Future of the Solar System Planetary Motion Asteroids, Comets & Meteors The Planets & Man
    (5) (8) (5) (9) (2) (2) (3) (4)

    Year 10

    Constellations & Motion of Stars Types of Stars Stellar Measurement Galaxies The Origin & Future of the Universe Telescopes Measurement, Observation & Exploration in Astronomy Revision & Past Paper Questions
    (3) (7) (2) (3) (5) (8) (8) (15+)

    The final exams will take place in the summer term of Year 10. There are two tiers of entry; Foundation and Higher. The Foundation tier covers grades G to C and the Higher tier covers grades D to A*. There are two papers; paper one is an hour and fifteen minutes, paper two is an hour and a half. Some Maths ability would be beneficial especially at the Higher tier.