Electronics

Modern life is controlled by electronic devices. In the study of electronics, you will gain an understanding of the building blocks for these circuits and their individual components. You will develop skills needed to design and build your own circuits. You will study areas such as; logic, wireless communication, analogue circuits and micro-controllers. This course is an excellent complement to courses in Science, Engineering, Computing and Communications. There is a large focus on practical work and circuit simulation culminating in two pieces of coursework contributing 20% to your overall grade.

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Available As

A Level

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What will I study?

The first year course covers core concepts of electronics; system synthesis, DC electrical circuits, input and output sub-systems, and energy and power. It then moves on to consider principles of electronics; semiconductor components, logic systems, operational amplifiers, signal conversion, AC circuits and passive filters, communications systems, wireless transmission, and instrumentation systems.

The second year course begins with the application of electronics. This component covers the following topics: timing circuits, sequential logic systems, microcontrollers, digital communications, optical communication, mains power supply systems, high power switching systems, and audio systems.

 

How will I learn?

Teaching aims to include high levels of practical work, involving the design, building, testing, and evaluation of electronic circuits, on protoboard.

 

How will I be assessed?

In A level Electronics the are two practically based projects are assessed in year 2, (worth a total of 20% of the qualification, followed by two exam papers (worth 80% of the qualification).

Are there any extra costs?

There are no mandatory costs, however it is recommended that students purchase a breadboard and multimeter to help them carry out practical work at home.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

Grade 4 in both Core & Additional Science.  Grade 5 in Maths.

Careers Information

Electronics is a growing labour market, with many aspects of life becoming automated and reliant on Electronic devices.

FAQs

Do I need any previous knowledge of Electronics?

No, you do not. Most students have studied GCSE Design courses and may have covered a small amount of electronics, but we begin from scratch, assuming no prior knowledge of the subject.

How much Maths is involved in the course?

If you have at least grade 5 in GCSE Maths, you should be able to cope with the mathematical work.

Is there much practical work involved?

Most lessons include working with circuits on breadboards, LJ kits or using computer simulation. We mainly make temporary circuits so there is little, or no soldering, PCB work etc.

Is the Maths content much harder at A2?

Yes – the maths is harder. If you are studying Maths at either AS or A2 Level or other A level sciences you will be fine. If you are not doing any maths in any other subjects, you may have to work harder to succeed in this area of the course. Support sessions are available.

Is there any project work?

Yes – you will have to complete a 3 pieces of practical work for AS, or 2 practical projects for A2.