Beginners Astronomy


  • Adults (Part-time)


This 10 week course runs on Thursday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm.
The course fee is £199.

Course Content

This course will provide students with a complete introduction to the modern science of astronomy, from its beginnings in the ancient world to today’s sophisticated study of the Universe around us. It is intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of the subject, and will introduce the concepts and technical details without any mathematics. 

Students will acquire an understanding of the different ways we observe the Universe, and a familiarity with the extraordinary things we find there, from neutron stars to quasars and from supernovae to dark energy. It is accordingly not a course about stargazing — the skies above the college are not well-suited for that — but it will include sections on buying and using small telescopes and finding your way around the sky.

  • Introduction
  • Astronomical Measurement
  • The Sun and Solar System
  • Easy Physics
  • Stars
  • Galaxies
  • The Distant Universe
  • Cosmology


For more information call 020 7258 7253 or email

(Course starts autumn 2019)

Entry Requirements

Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is required.