Electronics

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

Electronics is fundamental to today’s technological society, whether the application is from telecommunications, medical equipment, entertainment or industry.

Electronics is a practical course that will develop problem solving and circuit design skills, as well as some programming, and is a good companion course to Physics or Computer Science.

Electronics serves as a useful addition to advanced courses for potential engineers, scientists, music technologists and computer programmers.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Building on your GCSE Science knowledge we start with basic d.c. electricity theory, and move on to input and output subsystems, digital and analogue electronics, timing circuits, audio circuits, wireless communication, optical communication, a.c. and mains circuits, power electronics and microcontrollers. The AS course can be completed as a stand-alone qualification when you follow the first year of the A-Level course.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – one exam, three short practical assessments worth 20%

Year 2 (A-Level) – two exams and practical assessment through design, construction and testing of a project worth 20%.

 

PROGRESSION

Many students progress on to university courses, especially Electronic or Electrical engineering.  Others progress onto apprenticeship schemes with companies such as Sellafield, United Utilities and Jaguar-Land Rover, often engineering-based.