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    Anyone else studying astronomy for GCSE? Feeling disticntly lonely... I don't know how many other schools offer it.
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    I wasn't actually aware that you could do astronomy for GCSE... but in any case there are usually statistics from the exam boards which say how many people took each subject in each year, and the percentages of grades achieved.
    For those interested, the syllabus is here.
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    Hey

    I took GCSE astronomy and aboslutely loved it. If you have a natural interest for space you are bound to get a good grade.
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    What do you do in it? Sounds very interesting!
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    This should be made available in all schools! There were a few of us wanting to do Astro at GCSE but our school is utterly useless!
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    (Original post by Implo)
    What do you do in it? Sounds very interesting!
    You pretty much cover everything with regardd to astronomy, from supernovae and black holes to learning how to build sun dials .

    The grade gap between a C and A/A* is pretty much down to being able to understand the more complex ideas and be able to re arrange equations.
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    (Original post by Smithy-92)
    This should be made available in all schools! There were a few of us wanting to do Astro at GCSE but our school is utterly useless!
    We're specialist science which is why they offer it at my school. It's bloody hard work tbh but courseworks are more interesting cos you get to use binoculars. I do hate it a bit atm cos it's a lot of memorising temperatures and discoveries and stuff...
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    I did it last year as an extra curricular thing. We have a club.

    I loe the coursework and the exam is just mostly common sense. You can get away with an A in one day of revision/ looking at the textbook.
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    (Original post by loopy786)
    I did it last year as an extra curricular thing. We have a club.

    I loe the coursework and the exam is just mostly common sense. You can get away with an A in one day of revision/ looking at the textbook.
    O_o serious?! I'm freaking out!
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    interesting. Is your teacher Aurora Sinistra?
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    (Original post by IPlayThePiccolo)
    O_o serious?! I'm freaking out!
    Sorry- maybe that's just me. One girl spent the whole year revising and I spent a day. She did better in the exam by a smidgen but I did much better in the coursework, losing only one mark overall. And we got the same overall mark and grade. Only a few marks off A* but oh well.

    Don't take my advice.. it's much more stressful. I have to say no neg rep please, random TSR-ians, because it's unfair to judge me on the basis of the fact that I crammed for Astronomy. I remember some stuff but definitely not as much as everyone else.
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    (Original post by loopy786)
    Sorry- maybe that's just me. One girl spent the whole year revising and I spent a day. She did better in the exam by a smidgen but I did much better in the coursework, losing only one mark overall. And we got the same overall mark and grade. Only a few marks off A* but oh well.

    Don't take my advice.. it's much more stressful. I have to say no neg rep please, random TSR-ians, because it's unfair to judge me on the basis of the fact that I crammed for Astronomy. I remember some stuff but definitely not as much as everyone else.
    s'alright. tbh I'm not massively in love with astronomy so I don't mind perhaps a B. an A would be a miracle
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    (Original post by IPlayThePiccolo)
    s'alright. tbh I'm not massively in love with astronomy so I don't mind perhaps a B. an A would be a miracle
    Haha I originally anticipated an A* until I realised that it was April and I still hadn't opened the bloody textbook (opened it the night before exam lol) and I only really realised in February that I needed to do the coursework, and ended up doing it all the night before (except the observations which kind of had to half be made up) and gave it in a day late but it was still allowed PHEW. :rolleyes:
    I was cocky when it came to Astronomy, and decided a B would be a miracle. Look what I got. XD
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    I did Astronomy GCSE last year (in year 10) and managed to get an A*. I just revised a few days before the exam and did a few past papers but my coursework was 40/40 so I didnt need a high score in the exam. If you put effort in the coursework then you can afford to drop 30-40 marks in the exam. The exam isnt particularly difficult but there are lots of facts to remember.
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    (Original post by IPlayThePiccolo)
    Anyone else studying astronomy for GCSE? Feeling disticntly lonely... I don't know how many other schools offer it.
    I took GCSE Astronomy (got an A* :cool:) last year and loved every bit of it. I studied the whole course independently but had my Physics teacher mark my coursework

    The exam is really rather easy and you can afford to drop a whole load of marks and still get an A*.

    Good luck!
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    Our school offered it for one year and my sister did it - she loved it!
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    My school didn't offer it, which sucks because I'm planning on studying Physics and Astronomy at University. It's my main interest. It seems like a pretty cool GCSE, I'm thinking about doing it in my own time next year when I sit my A2s.

    If anyone could tell me more about the course it'd be appreciated.
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    Sounds cool, I'm doing Astro in A2 physics atm as the optional topic, loving it.
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    (Original post by AlesanaWill)
    My school didn't offer it, which sucks because I'm planning on studying Physics and Astronomy at University. It's my main interest. It seems like a pretty cool GCSE, I'm thinking about doing it in my own time next year when I sit my A2s.

    If anyone could tell me more about the course it'd be appreciated.
    Tbh, whilst sitting A2s, I think there would be very little point sitting GCSE Astronomy. Your time would be better spent learning the material (but not take the exam - needless hoops to jump through), reading books about the subject and preparing for interviews, etc.

    Not to mention those pesky A2s :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by mastermind_107)
    Tbh, whilst sitting A2s, I think there would be very little point sitting GCSE Astronomy. Your time would be better spent learning the material (but not take the exam - needless hoops to jump through), reading books about the subject and preparing for interviews, etc.

    Not to mention those pesky A2s :rolleyes:
    I'm pretty sure I already know all the material. At least, I'd hope I do considering I've been interested in Astronomy for all my life and have read a lot of books on the subject, plus I own two telescopes.

    One of my A2 units is Astronomy which should be good.
 
 
 
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