Electronics A-level

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Are you interested in how modern gadgets work? A-level Electronics gives you the knowledge of components and circuits used in modern technology. The aim of this course is to develop the skills needed to design and build your own circuits.

What will I study in Electronics A-level?

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 bringing together ideas from the first year: timing circuits, sequential logic systems, microcontrollers, digital communications, optical communication, mains power supply systems, high power switching systems, and audio systems.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE's at Grade 4 or above, all from our core subjects including Grade 4's in both Core & Additional Science and a Grade 5 in Maths.

How will I learn?

The best way to learn Electronics is by doing, we aim to do as much practical work as possible, where we cannot we use simulations, some of these activities will have group projects. Being an A -level there is a large amount of theory to cover, which involve calculations and circuit design activities.

How will I be assessed?

You will take 2 exams at the end of the second academic year. Each is equivalent to 40% of your final grade. Both have a mix of short and extended answer questions and are 2 hours 45 minutes in length.

There is also a coursework element to A-level Electronics, this is 20% of your final grade. You will complete 2 tasks, the first at the end of the first year, the second in the spring of your second year.

 

Are there any costs involved?

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, the total cost for these is likely to be in the region of £30.

 

FAQs

Is there a lot of Maths content?

Electronics is an applied science, as such there are particular topics with a heavy maths element


Do I need to have done GCSE Electronics to succeed?

No, most A-level Electronics students have not done GCSE Electronics.


What can I do after I have taken this course?

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