Reasons to study this course

  • Electronics is fundamental to today’s technological society, whether the application is from telecommunications, medical equipment, entertainment or industry.
  • It is a practical course that will develop problem solving and circuit design skills, as well as some programming, and is good companion course to Physics or Computer Science.
  • It serves as a useful addition to advanced courses for potential engineers, scientists, music technologists and computer programmers.

What you will need to study this course

  • minimum Grade 5 in GCSE English Language, Science or Physics
  • minimum Grade 5 in GCSE Maths (Grade 6 is advised)
  • good practical ability
  • creative skills
  • enquiring mind
  • mathematical ability

What you will study

Basic d.c. electricity theory, 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. 

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%

Priestley Extra

Variety of trips and events organised through your Electronics programme.


University, especially electronic or electrical engineering. For many Electronic Engineering university courses, A-Level Electronics is an alternative to Physics as long as A-Level Maths is also taken. Others progress onto apprenticeship schemes, often engineering-based, with companies such as Sellafield, United Utilities, Jaguar-Land Rover and Bentley Motors.

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