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1 year
September 2024
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The astronomy course provides an introduction to astronomy, assuming no prior knowledge of the subject. you do not need access to a telescope to complete your astronomy studies.



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Course content


Astronomy as an observational science, fundamental naked-eye observations, time, seasons, coordinates, optical telescopes, the electromagnetic spectrum, modern observing platforms.

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Alston Observatory is our purpose-built teaching observatory, including a teaching room with planetarium, an optics lab and dark rooms. We offer an optional weekend course at Alston Observatory to students on the Introduction to Astronomy / Introduction to Cosmology courses including opportunities to talk to the staff formally about the course materials, and to informally discuss astronomy in general with our staff and other students.

Entry Requirements

To study the Certificate in Astronomy students are normally required to have GCSE grade C in Mathematics and English or equivalent high school qualification.

Fees and funding

Distance Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Distance Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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