IGCSE Astronomy


Study online IGCSE Astronomy (with optional exams) at Upskill Online UK and get a support and accountability coach in addition to your tutor. This is the same GCSE studied in any school or college and is internationally recognised. With a 98% pass rate, you can be confident you will enjoy and pass this course.


Study the IGCSE Astronomy course entirely online to achieve this core qualification. IGCSE Astronomy is perfect to enter  professions including Astronomer, Engineer and Meteorologist. Learn all about the mystery of Space, the stars and the atmosphere by achieving this solid and fascinating qualification. IGCSE Astronomy will show employers and educators that you have the necessary skills  and qualifications to build upon. You can be confident you will achieve this with a 98% pass rate in 2022.

Upskill Online UK offers you a support and accountability coach in addition to your course tutor along with a highway to success plan for you to follow giving you excellent value for money.

IGCSE Astronomy is internationally recognised in other countries as well as the UK.

  • Accredited qualification awarded by Edexcel
  • Progress in your academic journey or career
  • Can be fast tracked to complete in one year
  • You can include exams at your nearest centre
  • Full support around your course and guidance for your future plans (we can help with career guidance)

Course Units

  • Unit 1 – Essential Maths Skills for Astronomy
  • Unit 2 – Aided and Unaided Observations
  • Unit 3 – Planet Earth
  • Unit 4 – The Lunar Disc
  • Unit 5 – The Earth-Moon-Sun System
  • Unit 6 – Time and the Earth-Moon-Sun Cycles
  • Unit 7 – Solar System Observation
  • Unit 8 – Celestial Observation
  • Unit 9 – Early Models of the Solar System
  • Unit 10 – Exploring the Moon
  • Unit 11 – Solar Astronomy
  • Unit 12 – Exploring the Solar System
  • Unit 13 – Formation of the Planetary Systems
  • Unit 14 – Exploring Starlight
  • Unit 15 – Stellar Evolution
  • Unit 16 – Our Place in the Galaxy
  • Unit 17 – Cosmology
  • Unit 18 – Preparing for the Exam

Syllabus (1AS0Click here for full course content

Awarding Body

Edexcel is the worlds leading awarding organisation specialising in GCSE, A Levels and Vocational courses and upskilling learners around the world.

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Course Assessment

You will be required to sit two paper based written exams. A pass grade is set at grades 4 / 5 and is formally a grade C). 9 is the highest grade equivalent to an A*. Each paper makes up 50% of this GCSE qualification.

  • Paper 1: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of GCSE, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of GCSE, 100 marks.

We can offer you a guaranteed exam space at one of our exam centres it the UK when you choose to study this IGCSE Astronomy course with us at Upskill Online UK. Alternatively, you may choose to book your own exams.

During the course, you will be required to complete two observation activities which will include the use of a telescope. You can use your own, or you can use the National Schools Observatory’s – you will be given a login so you can complete your observations using their online platform.

Other learning activities, tests or assignments will also be required to show your knowledge and understanding of the units you have just learned. They do not count towards your overall IGCSE Astronomy qualification. They are marked by your course tutor and feedback will be provided with each completed unit.


Upskill Online UK have a national network of UK GCSEA Levels and Functional Skills exam centres and provide our students with guaranteed exam spaces offered at a discounted rate exclusive to our learners only. We can also book late entries and re-takes. Exams for IGCSE Astronomy are £206 with Upskill Online UK. Please select ‘Yes’ on enrolment form when asked, if you want to book your exams with us.

Course Outcome

When you have successfully completed this course, you will achieve an Edexcel IGCSE in Astronomy.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. A good standard level of Maths is required and the ability to do observations of the sky at night. You can team this course with IGCSE Physics and IGCSE Maths. If you are unsure that this course this would be suitable, please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.


8 – 24 months

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

150 hours

What Next?

After you’ve completed this IGCSE Astronomy course, you could progress onto A Level Physics, A level Maths or A Level Computer Science to compliment this course if applying to University or apply for jobs in a related sector.


The IGCSE Astronomy course is popular with home school pupils who have a keen interest in Space and the Atmosphere. You will receive qualified Tutor support, as well as your very own Upskill Online UK personal mentor and accountability coach, to help keep you motivated and on track with accountability sessions. We will also help you to plan the next steps in your personal, academic or professional journey and provide your very own roadmap to success. You get the complete package all in one place with us here at Upskill Online UK, where learning is earning for life.

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