**Is GCSE astronomy hard?** **Mathematically tougher than physics GCSE** I’d say, though there is scope to avoid some of the more mathematical elements and concentrate on picking the marks up elsewhere. The coursework (controlled assessment) part can be onerous, but its also really interesting as long as you are interested!

**What GCSE for astronomy?** You’ll usually need: **5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science**. 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and physics.

**Can you take Astronomy for GCSE?** The GCSE astronomy course at Royal Observatory Greenwich offers a firm grounding in the study of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy and the wider Universe. This course requires a basic understanding of geometry, trigonometry and algebra.

**Is astronomy a good GCSE?** **GCSE Astronomy can provide you with valuable skills that are transferable to other subject areas and career paths**. As well as bridging the gap between physics, chemistry, computer science, engineering and maths, GCSE Astronomy can teach you key observational skills, patience and an understanding of the wider universe.

## Is GCSE astronomy hard? – Additional Questions

### What GCSE options are there?

ALL students will study **GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Maths, GCSE Combined Science, Core PE and LOOL (PSHE)**. Students can choose 4 subjects for their GCSE choices, and one reserve.

### What is Statistics GCSE?

Statistics is about **making decisions when there is uncertainty**. Perhaps one of the most versatile areas of maths, it gives students the skills to collect, analyse, interpret and present data.

### What schools do astronomy GCSE?

There are currently three RAS GCSE Astronomy classes taking place, with examinations in 2019 and 2020. One is held at **Westminster College, one at the RAS itself, and one at Ashton Community Science College in Preston**.

### Can you do an A level in astronomy?

As it is about the physics of the whole universe and how everything in it works, astronomers need to have a good knowledge of physics and maths, and chemistry is pretty helpful too. **You would need to get good grades in your GCSEs and A-levels or Highers if you want to go on and study further**.

### Can I study astronomy without maths?

Can I study astronomy without math? No. Math is essential for studying astronomy in school, since math is a sort of universal language for physical sciences. However, **you can easily study astronomy as a hobby without math**.

### Do astronomers get paid well?

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**The median annual wage for astronomers was $128,160 in May 2021**. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $61,910, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.

### Is becoming an astronomer hard?

It will be very difficult for you to become an astronomer, because math is heavily used in this field and the training that is required leading up to getting a job in the field. Do astronomers get to spend time with their family, or do they spend most of their time in the lab or studying the galaxy?

### Are astronomers happy?

**Astronomers are one of the happiest careers in the United States**. At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, astronomers rate their career happiness 4.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the top 11% of careers.

### Is astronomy a fun job?

Overall **it’s a very rewarding job**. It’s a competitive field, and I feel very lucky to have reached my dream. As my thesis professor once told me: “You won’t become a professional astronomer unless you really love astronomy.” And I certainly do.

### What type of math is used in astronomy?

Because some knowledge of **physics and calculus** is necessary to understand many astronomical phenomena, the Astronomy major requires the first two semesters each of physics and calculus also required of Physics majors and Astrophysics majors.

### Is astronomy all math?

**Astronomers use math all the time**. One way it is used is when we look at objects in the sky with a telescope. The camera that is attached to the telescope basically records a series of numbers – those numbers might correspond to how much light different objects in the sky are emitting, what type of light, etc.

### Does NASA use calculus?

According to eHow, “**Calculus has been used in astronomy since the 17th century to calculate the orbits of the planets around stars**. [It is] necessary to accurately calculate the variable speed of moving objects in space, including asteroids, comets and other celestial bodies.

### Are physics hard?

Students and researchers alike have long understood that **physics is challenging**. But only now have scientists managed to prove it. It turns out that one of the most common goals in physics—finding an equation that describes how a system changes over time—is defined as “hard” by computer theory.

### Is physics or chem harder?

**Physics is slightly harder than chemistry** because it is more math-oriented and has more abstract concepts. At the high school level, chemistry is actually more difficult than physics. Beyond high school, physics is harder than chemistry as it is calculus-based and extremely complex.

### Why is physics harder than math?

General perception: Physics is harder than Mathematics. Why? Physics might be more challenging **because of the theoretical concepts, the mathematical calculations, laboratory experiments and even the need to write lab reports**. Physics doesn’t retain the simplicity or elegance that Mathematics carries.

### How do you stop hating in physics?

- Quit looking at a Physics from the exam point-of-view. Your grades don’t matter here.
- Start proactively reading up about theories/ topics that might be of any interest to you.
- 1&2 won’t work until you stop believing that you hate Physics and make ample room for some love for Physics.

### How can I study if I hate studying?

**Here are some ideas for you.**

- Study more often. Yes, even though you hate studying, we’re telling you to study more often.
- Study with a group.
- Be realistic about distractions.
- Use the information you’ve learned whenever you can.
- Ask for help.