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Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take it. But still, why does it even exist? I ask this because A-Level Astronomy doesn't exist... so why the GCSE?

Surely it should be the other way round (ie - the A-Level should exist and the GCSE not).
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Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take it. But still, why does it even exist? I ask this because A-Level Astronomy doesn't exist... so why the GCSE?

Surely it should be the other way round (ie - the A-Level should exist and the GCSE not).
That's what I first thought. I'm starting yr11 next year and last year, 10 people got to do it in year 10. It wasn't in our options or we didn't get offered to do it. I would have loved to do it but teachers favour the students in their hall (we have halls in our school).
I'm annoyed.
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Astronomy does exist, in Physics....
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Astronomy does exist, in Physics....
But you would have to deal with the rest of the non-Astronomy side of Physics too, as opposed to just pure Astronomy, like the GCSE offers. So I am wondering why the GCSE exists and not A-Level.

And to be honest... I dislike most of Physics, but I love the Astronomy side of it.
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Honestly, if astronomy were in my options 2 yrs ago, I'd take it.
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(Original post by _jarv_)
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take it. But still, why does it even exist? I ask this because A-Level Astronomy doesn't exist... so why the GCSE?

Surely it should be the other way round (ie - the A-Level should exist and the GCSE not).
Non of the 15ish schools in my area offer it? Honestly I'd never heard you could do astronomy, sounds cool though


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It doesn't exist as an option in most schools. In my school one of the physics teachers ran an after school astronomy club in which we'd cover the materials. Not really an effective way to teach but that's just how it is. Just a fun GCSE for you to do in your own time.
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Yeah it's rare, but the point is, it still exists, whereas A-Level doesn't.
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(Original post by _jarv_)
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take it. But still, why does it even exist? I ask this because A-Level Astronomy doesn't exist... so why the GCSE?

Surely it should be the other way round (ie - the A-Level should exist and the GCSE not).
Its gives some students who are particularly goods at science to give them an extra advantage when applying for a scientific job or university.
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Its gives some students who are particularly goods at science to give them an extra advantage when applying for a scientific job or university.
Which once again raises the question - why doesn't the A-Level exist?
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Which once again raises the question - why doesn't the A-Level exist?
To give some students an extra opportunity and a extra qualification to pursue a physics related career.
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Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take it. But still, why does it even exist? I ask this because A-Level Astronomy doesn't exist... so why the GCSE?
I asked one of the examiners this and he said that the GCSE naturally leads on to degrees in the field, provided the student takes A Level physics.
I.e. there just isn't a place for an A Level in astronomy.
Make of this what you will.
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To give some students an extra opportunity and a extra qualification to pursue a physics related career.
But surely an A-Level in it would be more useful for that?
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I asked one of the examiners this and he said that the GCSE naturally leads on to degrees in the field, provided the student takes A Level physics.
I.e. there just isn't a place for an A Level in astronomy.
Make of this what you will.
I still find it odd. I bet many people would love to take A-Level Astronomy, but never A-Level Physics (myself included).
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I still find it odd. I bet many people would love to take A-Level Astronomy, but never A-Level Physics (myself included).
I also wish A Level Astronomy existed, it would've gone nicely with my other A Levels
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for the white knights bruh
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why does art exist?
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why does art exist?
That's different though, I'm only asking why GCSE Astronomy exists purely because it's A-Level doesn't. If both existed, I wouldn't be asking this question.
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why does art exist?
For yellow, stripy and multi-coloured knights.
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good question

I'd assumed it had started out as something to do alongside physics A level

and having looked at the spec doucument this is listed as a purpose of the qualification

it contributes to the post-16 curriculum, especially if studied alongside GCE Physics or in the
context of adult education.
I suspect it's paying it's way largely via adult education, there seems to be a lot of places teaching it as evening classes targetted at adult learners.
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