The Online Astronomy Society Academy began its journey from a dining room table sitting in a lounge in sunny Northampton. Alastair Leith, the founder and qualified trainer, wanted to find a way into e-learning. Skills and talent needed to be developed but to do that an opportunity was needed. OASA was born. Alastair set about recording some videos about how he did his astronomy. Starting with basic videos for beginners on imaging. The Passport as it is now called was the first course offered.
The story of the GCSE Astronomy began thanks to a chance meeting with Dr Johanna Jarvis, who already tutored GCSE Astronomy on the side for friends and was advertising the service in the Nene Valley Astronomical Society newsletter.
Alastair thought, OK, i wonder? Next, we were offering it online serviced by Dr Jarvis and a single centre in the Midlands. Sadly Dr Jarvis no longer tutors for the academy, however, we teamed up with Dr Nigel Marshall, author of the GCSE Astronomy book and proprietor of Mickeldore Publishing. The rest, as they say, is history! We now tutor an average of 40 students plus a year nationwide using exam centres across the country! We would go as far as to say we are now market leaders in GCSE (9-1) Astronomy by Distance learning. To think it all started on a laptop computer sitting on a dining room table, in Northampton!
Since the foundation of Online Astronomy Society Academy (2009), the academy has gone from strength to strength.
We are only of the top providers of GCSE Astronomy by distance learning and we believe one of the few to offer the course with digital interactive’s and quizzes. Not to mention downloadable worksheets. We also have a team of qualified and experienced tutors whose expertise has been partially responsible for the high pass rates we’ve been seeing.
We are also one of the few organisations which tries to place students with exam centres rather than just leave them to their own devices on the matter.
In fact we enrol an excess 20 – 30 students a year (and that figure is increasing). For the first time this year we are also supporting schools and the GCSE Astronomy programs.
Also unique to Online Astronomy Society Academy, we also offer SpaceKidets, which was also written by Alastair Leith, the academy founder. Ideal online program for younger children too young to embark on the GCSE Astronomy course.
lets not forget we also have the OASA Diploma in Astrophysics and Space Science which was written jointly between Alastair Leith and Dr Nigel Marshall of Mickeldore Publishing. Please contact us for more information