GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. Although GCSE Astronomy has been around for some years now in various formats. Its recently undergone a change.
Gone now are the need to complete two assessed projects, once visual, one unaided. We are running this course a final time this year for final examination in 2018. The new format is also running from this year with final examination in 2019. So what is the difference?
Well with 25% extra material added to the exam and assessed projects taken out, it means our course has now become a two year course. Details of which we have listed on our other site here
In essence the projects are now replaced with two exams, weighted 50% each. It is a requirement to complete both exams.
Our course is divided into 36 lessons (topics) running through year one. This deals with paper one (Naked Eye Astronomy) and Paper Two (aided astronomy).
28 lessons in the second class.
There are a lot of rumours about that students are required to have observations “signed off” this isn’t true. Students will be required to make observations of the night sky with, and without a telescope. However their observations themselves are not assessed. What is assessed is the knowledge they game from making them. For example if you have never seen the Milky Way through a pair of binoculars or a small telescope or even see pictures, you will find it hard to answer the questions which will appear in the exam paper.
The examboard is Pearsons Edexcel