This certificate will provide you with a basic introduction to astronomy and planetary science, and equip you with the skills for further study. You’ll investigate the stars and their life cycles; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; galaxies and quasars; space exploration; planetary processes; and the origin and evolution of the Universe – including how it might continue to evolve in the future.
Open entry. Computer and internet access required.
You are not expected to have any knowledge of astronomy, however, this module starts at OU level 2 – it’s essential you have adequate study skills, such as gained from OU level 1 study or equivalent, before you start. Having studied physics and maths to A-level standard and/or Physics and space (SM123) would significantly improve your readiness to start this certificate.
On successful completion of the required courses you will be awarded a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science, which is endorsed by the Royal Astronomical Society.
Distance and Flexible learning