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QCAA Recognised Studies (QCE)

Student achievement recognised by universities

Course description

Senior Astronomy is designed to be an online, highly flexible and highly challenging subject for students with an interest in maths and physics. Begin the course at any time of the year, and study on the holidays, weekends, or fit Senior Astronomy into any subject line. Our students have access to a range of help and support technologies that connect you to our facilitators using a live text chat, video conferencing, integrated checkpoints, Q&A forums or email. The course is recognised by the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) and students​ are awarded a 'Certificate​ of Completion' on successful completion of the course.

Several leading Australian tertiary institutions are recognising our well-established courses through their scholarship programs. Students interested in developing their higher order thinking skills can apply now and begin studying.

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QLD State and Affiliated* Australian and Non-Affiliated* International

*Schools affiliated with The Learning Place

Note that the fee is charged once only per course. The course can be studied across multiple year levels with no additional charges.

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

Units and assessmentsSubjects
Unit 1Astronomy and the Universe
Unit 2Observational Astronomy
Unit 3Eclipses
Unit 4Dynamics of the Solar System (Intro to Kinematics)
Assessment Item 1 Two-part supervised examination
Unit 5Properties of Light
Assessment Item 2 Simulation and online exercises—Spectral Analysis
Unit 6Rotational Mechanics
Assessment Item 3 Simulation and online exercises—HR Diagrams
Assessment Item 4 Two-part supervised examination—Units 5–6
Unit 7Optics and Telescopes
Unit 8Planetology
Assessment Item 5 Research activity—Comparative essay
Unit 9Solar Astronomy
Assessment Item 6 Simulation and online exercises—Solar Rotation and Energy Flow


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

Year 10Year 11Year 12
Highly capable students in mathematics and science

Capable students in mathematics and science

  • Maths Methods (or equivalent)
  • Physics
  • Maths Methods (or equivalent)
  • Physics

Senior Astronomy is recommended for Year 11 students who have achieved high grades in Year 10 mathematics (advanced) and science. It is desirable for students to be studying Mathematics Methods and Senior Physics concurrently with Senior Astronomy. The course can be delivered to talented Year 10 students as an accelerated curriculum option for mathematics and science.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will need:

  • 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 assessment and progress. Your supervisor will have to setup and supervise your supervised assessment items.


Submit your enrolment form.

Last reviewed 19 November 2021
Last updated 19 November 2021