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.
Teaching aims to include high levels of practical work, involving the design, building, testing, and evaluation of electronic circuits, on protoboard.
Assessment involves three practically based projects at AS, (worth a total of 20% of the qualification) followed by a single exam paper (worth 80% of the qualification).
For the linear A level route, 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).
The course is assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.
This qualification will help you progress to degree or HND level in engineering related courses. You will be able to choose from a wide range of courses at university including: Electronics, Electronic Engineering, Electronic Products Design and Technology, Electronic Instrumentation, Applied Electronics, Electronics Media and Communications and Robotics to name but a few. It will also provide an excellent basis if you wish to enter directly into employment and maybe further your career through NVQs.
There are additional costs for the project element. This could be £20+ depending on the resources chosen by the student
Grade 4 in both Core & Additional Science. Grade 5 in Maths.
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.
If you have at least grade 5 in GCSE Maths, you should be able to cope with the mathematical work.
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.
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.
Yes – you will have to complete a 3 pieces of practical work for AS, or 2 practical projects for A2.
Progression and Career Opportunities
If you are imaginative and enjoy Design and Technology, the construction sector gives you lots of chances to use design skills through architecture, engineering, landscape, mechanical, interior and electrical. An additional 179,000 jobs in construction will be created by 2021. An Electronics Engineer can earn on average between £21,000 and £65,000.
- Electronics Engineer
- IT Consultant
- Network Engineer
- Aerospace Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Systems Analyst
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