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Online Senior Astrophysics


24 x 7
Student Integrated Assistance
2 QCE Credit Points
Student Achievement Recognised by Universities

Course Descripton

Have you completed Senior Astronomy and are ready to continue extending your higher order thinking skills in Maths and Physics? Senior Astrophysics follows on from Senior Astronomy in the same online, always available, start anytime format. Enjoy the same access to our innovative student support systems which connect you to our facilitators quickly and easily. Along with a Certificate of Completion endorsed by University of Southern Queensland, our students are credited with 2 QCE credit points at the time of course completion. All Senior Astrophysics students with a level of achievement above a C standard have been offered at least one scholarship at a leading Australian University. Content in Senior Astrophysics is also taught in 1st year Physics courses in Australian Universities. Students who have completed Senior Astronomy and meet the prerequisites can enrol now.


QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International
$500 $550 $700

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. TSAA will issue invoices directly to parents, schools do not need to collect fees on behalf of TSAA. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

*Schools affilitated with The Learning Place

Course Specification

Students will learn how to quantitatively model and apply the laws of physics to a wide range of astronomy related topics which will empower them as rational and creative thinkers, engaging them in the acquisition of knowledge and the development and understanding of the physical aspects of astronomy through active processes of scientific investigation and research.​​

Units and Assessment
​Unit 10 ​Fundamental Kinematics and Calculus
​Assessment Item 1 Two-part supervised examination
​Unit 11 The Birth of Stars
​Unit 12 ​The Death of Stars
​Assessment Item 2 Simulation and Online Excercises - Pulsars
​Assessment Item 3 ​Assignment Questions - 2 Week Open Book
Unit 13 Cosmology
Assessment Item 4 ​Simualtion and Online Excercises - Hubble Redshift
Assessment Item 5 ​Project: Estimation of Dark Matter in a Spiral Galaxy
Assessment Item 6 Simualtion and Online Excercises - Large Scale Structure of the Universe
​Unit 14 Photometry
​Assessment Item 7 S​imualtion and Online Excercises - Photometry
​Unit 15 Orbital Mechanics
Unit 16                       Advanced Solar Imaging


Recommended Timeline for Completion in 1 Year
70 min/lesson 3 lessons/week 40 weeks/year + Self Directed Study

Students can enrol at any time throughout the year.

A work-rate schedule is issued to students to assist them in keeping on-track to finish in one year.

Course Prerequisites

Yr 11 Yr 12
Highly Capable students in mathematics and science

-Completed Senior Astronomy
-Maths B (or equivalent)
-Maths C (or equivalent)
Capable students in mathematics and science

-Completed Senior Astronomy
-Maths B (or equivalent)
-Maths C (or equivalent)

Senior Astrophysics is recommended for Yr. 12 or Yr. 11 Accelerated students who have successfully completed the Senior Astronomy course.  It is desirable for students to be studying Mathematics B & C (QLD) or equivalent and Senior Physics concurrently with Senior Astrophysics.  The concepts covered in this course are primarily mathematically based and can be quite challenging.  Please refer to the Unit Content descriptors by clicking on the link on the right.  ​

How to apply

To apply for this course you will need the following information:
  • Student contact details
  • Parent's contact details
  • Previous school results 
  • School contact details
  • Supervisor's contact details
  • Supervisor to agree to the Supervisor's Declaration (in the enrolment form, at time of submission)
Students need to have a supervisor who will read and agree to the supervisor's declaration. A supervisor is someone who we can contact for queries relating to assesment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assesment items. 

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