Our Entry Point Astronomy Courses assume no prior knowledge of the subject and are therefore an ideal place to begin your studies and astronomy education. Each is a free-standing University Certificate at HE Level 4 (Year 1 undergraduate level) allowing you to develop your fascination with your chosen subject. The Entry Point courses available are listed below. All of these apart from the University Certificate in Astrobiology will be available for the academic year starting September 2020.
When returning to astronomy education, we normally advise studying only one module in the first year of your astronomy course.
We judge each application on its merits to ensure that students can benefit from our courses. You will require GCSE Grade C in maths and English or equivalent to study these astronomy courses. The courses take a quantitative scientifc approach and you will be using maths to solve problems from the outset.
All these courses are delivered electronically online and provide detailed course notes, self-test exercises and assessments. We provide study and tutorial support via email, telephone and a dedicated astronomy course website.
Students who have completed some modules as free-standing University Certificates may like to take their astronomy studies further to a degree in astronomy. The StudyAstronomy programme offers a range of awards from the Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy to a full 18-module BSc (hons) in Astronomy.
All of these awards require you to have studied certain pre-requisite modules first before taking a degree in astronomy. The CertHE and BSc are all flexible in duration and allow you to choose modules from UCLan or appropriate credit-bearing modules from other institutes by a system of accreditation of prior learning.