Reach for the stars
Dr Nick Lister, who runs the Lawrence House Astronomy and Space Science Centre in Fleetwood, Lancashire, is pressing for talks with the Department for Education and Skills to discuss a relaunch.
Pupils can already do a GCSE in the subject but must make do in the sixth form with only one optional module in astrophysics as part of A-level physics.
Dr Lister believes the return of the course would better prepare pupils for university astrophysics courses and prove extremely popular.
He said: "Astronomy really has that wow factor and I don't feel studying it as part of a physics course is enough.
"People ask me all the time if they can do an A-level in it, so I know the enthusiasm is there."