The Croydon Astronomical Society promotes the education of its members through our meetings (see our meetings schedule), Informal Lectures at our Observatory (see our Observatory Page) and via group visits to the observatory. Our Observatory is open to the public on Saturday evenings from Autumn to Spring. More details are here.
For those who wish to extend their knowledge through more formal and structured courses. This page provides information and links where available to the courses that are available either in our local area or nationally. Where possible we have provided links rather than hard information, as they are less likely to go out of date.
Distance Learning Courses
Some Universities run distance-learning courses usually leading to a 'University Certificate’, which may include either the award of CAT's points or Certificates of Academic Development. In the case of the Open University the Astronomy Module maybe taken as part of a degree course or as an independent module. This area is developing rapidly with several new courses being advertised. These courses are mostly based on a postal system supplemented by weekends and/or Internet access to a dedicated site.
These courses require some knowledge of Mathematics; lack of skills in this area is a major reason for people not completing the course. In general you will need to be able to use Logarithms and some basic Trigonometry. If you are unsure of your ability in this area or are slightly rusty you should discuss this with the tutor before signing up.
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