Astronomy Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

This is an introductory course on astronomy. You’ll be taken through the basics of the subject and how the universe came to be, before focusing on examining various celestial bodies and exploring our Solar System and its constituent planets, the sun, and our moon. You’ll discover the stars and constellations, comets, moons, asteroids, and galaxies and receive guidance on how to locate and view them.

The Astronomy Diploma Course begins by easing you in with an introduction to the subject itself and a brief look at its history. It outlines the various fields and branches of astronomy and discusses being an amateur astronomer – the equipment to use (and what you can see with the naked eye), what to look at and the free resources that will help you get started.

To navigate the sky, you need to understand how it is measured. The course explains the systems used to measure, locate, and calculate distances between celestial objects and how to use a star map.

Where did it all come from? The Astronomy Diploma Course provides a brief discussion on cosmology and the origin of our universe. It considers the Big Bang and Steady State theories, what occurred before the universe existed, how our Solar System came into being, and theories on how the universe may end.

You’ll explore our Solar System - its structure, and the planets and various other bodies within it. The course details the relationship between the Earth, Sun and our Moon and explains more about each of these bodies individually, along with exploring how time is measured. The course provides information on each of the other planets in the inner solar system (Mercury, Venus, Mars) and the outer solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and how to observe them, along with discussing the nature of planets and planetary orbit.

The Astronomy Diploma Course outlines the make-up and phases of stars and describes star patterns and groups – constellations and asterisms. All 88 constellations are listed with locations, best times to see them and their origin. Those that are easiest to locate are highlighted with guides that will make viewing them easier.

The course describes the nature of comets, moons, asteroids, and galaxies (with extra detail about the Milky Way), and provides guidance on how to view them also.

Astronomy Diploma Course

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What is Astronomy?
  • Part 2: Models of the Universe
  • Part 3: Galileo and the Telescope
  • Part 4: Fields of Astronomy
  • Part 5: Branches of Astronomy
  • Part 6: Being an Amateur Astronomer
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Celestial Coordinates
  • Part 2: The Ecliptic
  • Part 3: Distance
  • Part 4: Reading a Star Map
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Origin of the Universe
  • Part 2: Our Solar System
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Solar System
  • Part 2: Inner Planets
  • Part 3: Outer Planets
  • Part 4: Planetary Orbits
  • Part 5: Other Bodies
  • Part 6: Observing the Planets
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sun
  • Part 2: Earth
  • Part 3: Moon
  • Part 4: Moon Phases
  • Part 5: Observing the Moon
  • Part 6: Time
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is a Planet?
  • Part 2: Mercury
  • Part 3: Venus
  • Part 4: Observing Venus
  • Part 5: Mars
  • Part 6: Observing Mars
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Jupiter
  • Part 2: Saturn
  • Part 3: Uranus
  • Part 4: Neptune
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: What is a Star?
  • Part 2: The 88 Constellations
  • Part 3: Finding Commonly Viewed Constellations
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Comets
  • Part 2: Moons
  • Part 3: Asteroids and Meteors
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Part 1: Galaxies
  • Part 2: Observing Galaxies
  • Part 3: The Milky Way
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

The Astronomy Diploma Course is perfect for anyone who finds themselves looking at the night sky and wondering what is out there and how it all came to be. Stargazers who have some knowledge but want to expand their understanding of astronomy and how to find various celestial bodies will also gain a lot from studying this course.

Astronomy Diploma Course
Accreditations

The Astronomy Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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