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Astronomer

Do you need any certain GCSEs to be an astronomer ?
Triple science would be helpful as it has an astrophysics module, otherwise you will need to take maths, further maths and physics at A-level.
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No, all necessary material from GCSE is covered in core/required subjects. Taking additional mats and or science work may be useful but isn't essential in any capacity. A-level Maths and Physics would be required and A-level Further Maths would be strongly recommended if your school teaches it, once you get to 6th form, to do a(n astro)physics degree. But if you're just picking your GCSEs anything goes really.
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Original post by artful_lounger
No, all necessary material from GCSE is covered in core/required subjects. Taking additional mats and or science work may be useful but isn't essential in any capacity. A-level Maths and Physics would be required and A-level Further Maths would be strongly recommended if your school teaches it, once you get to 6th form, to do a(n astro)physics degree. But if you're just picking your GCSEs anything goes really.

Does that include history and geography, does it matter which one I take ?
you need A*

:getmecoat:
My daughter went down this route (she does particle physics and cosmology degree but on her uni application also had physics with astro as well as she liked it too)

She did the triple science route on GCSE. She had to choose history or geography as one of her GCSE's but it did not make a difference to her A'levels or degree.
Alevels she did Maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.
When she started her degree there was others students that did not do the further maths a'level and that was ok, as a lot of the further maths elements are learned in first year degree anyway. Personally for her it was nice to have that 'head start' by doing FM at a'level. One thing she wished she could have done was computer science (she did not do this at GCSE or Alevel). The people who did this have a head start on coding part of her degree in second year. She is doing an extra course on it as one of her module choices.

You don't have to do 4 A'levels either, its hard work and really full on, so a lot of people do three.
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Original post by Finlay25.
Does that include history and geography, does it matter which one I take ?


No, core subjects are English language (often also taught with English lit, although that is not directly relevant), maths, and combined/double science (although that may be replaced by triple science if you choose to use your options as such, which isn't a bad idea but isn't required).

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