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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:01 pm 
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My year nine daughter is very keen on doing the astronomy GCSE- over two years with exams in 2015.

The school she attends does not run the course but her physics teacher has said he'd offer assistance if she needed it. I have found an online company who run the Edexcel course and I would be very grateful if anyone has any experience or advice.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:36 pm 
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I had a go using an online course - plenty of help and very interesting, some good books around - having said that I know a lot about astronomy anyway so it was more revision. Local school also ran course in evenings for parents / sixth formers etc.

Main problem was the rather prolonged controlled assessments which have to be done somewhere eg at school or a specific centre - can't do totally home based coursework any longer. best check with the physics teacher re this bit...


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:06 pm 
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Many Thanks HM

You have confirmed what I was most concerned about and an offer to help with course work is not an undertaking to invigilate numerous assessments!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:10 pm 
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DS has just done this course as a 1 year twilight subject (1 hour after school). The theory is not too difficult and much can be self taught. This free site covers the syllabus:

http://www.astronomygcse.co.uk/AstroGCSE/New%20Site/IndexNew.htm

And this is the set text book:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/GCSE-Astronomy-Guide-Pupils-Teachers/dp/0953634574/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364486226&sr=8-1

However the controlled assessment is (as hermonmunster says) the problem. The two projects can be done at home for the data gathering and photo taking, but must be typed up under controlled (exam) conditions. 6 hours were allowed per project. The projects are marked by the teacher (does the online company do this?) and only moderated by the exam board.

If the physics teacher is keen try to persuade him to let a small group do it after school as a pilot. :wink:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:36 pm 
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Thanks Minesatea

I have looked at that site and have though asking about a pilot group as my DD does have some friends who are interested. It may be a bit of an ask but I think without this support it would be very hard to manage the tests.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:51 pm 
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I think there are bits of funding available for such things -

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/Public+and+Schools/1396.aspx


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:17 pm 
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I don't know where you are based but I think that I've seen in the past that Greenwich observatory run this course.

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