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GCSE Astronomy

GCSE Astronomy

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Reach for the stars! We’ve teamed up with Northumbria University to offer secondary school pupils in the North East the chance to study GCSE Astronomy.

Life has partnered Northumbria University to offer secondary school pupils the chance to study GCSE Astronomy.

This is a first for any UK Science Centre. The course will be led and taught by Life’s Head of Education, Noel Jackson, and Dr Carol Davenport, Director of Think Physics at Northumbria University.

Students will make full use of Life's state-of-the-art planetarium to study the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and the wider Universe.

The course will also include guest lectures by some of the country’s leading names in the field. Professor John Brown, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, will lead on comets and meteors; Professor Carlos Frenk and Dr Pete Edwards from Durham University on cosmology; and Dr Richard Morton from Northumbria University will lead on solar physics.

The course is open to students in KS4 or Sixth Form and will run every Wednesday during term time from 14 September 2016 - 17 May 2017, 4.30pm to 6.00pm, with some additional fieldwork.

There's no cost for the course but participants will need to pay the exam entry fee and the cost of any field trips.