We have joined up with the Centre for Life to offer secondary school pupils in the North East the chance to study GCSE Astronomy.
The course will be led and taught by Dr Carol Davenport, Director of Think Physics at Northumbria University and Noel Jackson, Head of Education at the Centre for Life. It will be held at the Centre for Life in Newcastle, so students will be able to 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 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. Students will carry out practical observations and there will be field trips to make use of the North-East’s wonderful dark skies.
The course is open to 24 school students in KS4 or sixth form and will run on Wednesdays 16.30pm – 18.00pm from September 2016.
Students must be able to commit to attend all the sessions of the course (barring illness) and there will be additional coursework to be completed.
The course will be heavily subsidised: all that students (or their schools) will be required to pay will be their exam entry (currently £32.25) and the costs of any field trips.