Astronomy and Planetary Science Cert APS

This certificate will provide you with a basic introduction to astronomy and planetary science, and equip you with the skills for further study. You'll investigate the stars and their life cycles; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; galaxies and quasars; space exploration; planetary processes; and the origin and evolution of the Universe - including how it might continue to evolve in the future.

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You'll be supported throughout by the OU's unique style of teaching and assessment - which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Cert APS Award
February, April, October Start
Distance Study Mode
2 years Duration

Location of The Open University