UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy


The Moon, Fry Telescope, Dr Francisco Diego, UCL


How to apply to the UCL Certificate of Higher Education in Astronomy

Entry Requirements

The Certificate course is intended for students with a variety of backgrounds and experience and the entry requirements are flexible. No particular previous knowledge or experience of astronomy is expected, just a strong interest in the subject. The Certificate course is not highy mathematical, but students should have an acquaintance with mathematics to about GCSE standard or an equivalent. Our NOTES ON MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS give a good idea. The Certificate course requires a commitment to study at a fairly advanced level. Students usually work an average of 20 hours per week. There are no specific A-level requirements but students will be expected to have had experience of study to A-level standard or an equivalent in any subjects.

  1. Since the certificate in Astronomy is a part-time course we can only accept applications from people who are already resident in the United Kingdom for reasons other than full-time education.
  2. Students can only be enrolled on one academic program at any one time. Dual registration, whether at UCL or elsewhere, is not permitted.
  3. The Certificate in Astronomy is a tertiary, or higher education, qualification. Therefore applicants must have completed secondary education.



Application guidelines and downloadable documents will be posted here in due course.

Meanwhile, please leave your expression of interest with our Admissions Tutor here,  or email directly to f.diego(at)ucl.ac.uk


Your details will be added to our contact list, so you will receive our frequent notifications and will have access to our special on-line informal tutorials and preparatory lectures currently under way. It is highly recommended to acquire straightaway the course text book UNIVERSE by Freedman, Geller and Kaufmann (any of the last 3 editions) and install Stellarium software on personal computers, as a fundamental tool to visualise and understand locations and movements of celestial bodies.

              (Page last updated 15th April 2021)