A Level - Electronics
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Electronics is an exciting practical subject which provides a great basis for you to progress into further education, following courses in engineering or physics or to enter employment where knowledge of modern electronics is useful.
We find every year students who complete this course invariably are admitted to university courses, apprenticeships or jobs they desire. The course reflects up-to-date practice and is designed to emphasise skills and processes.
You have the opportunity to develop your interest and enthusiasm with a very hands-on approach to learning about electronic circuits where you will design and build with proto boards and software in nearly all lessons.
Leading to being able to design and construct a digital / analogue / microcontroller system to solve an identified problem, need or opportunity.
A textbook will be provided along with opportunities to practise past papers in class. All lesson resources are available on the colleges virtual learning environment [VLE].
Coursework elements are integral to this specification throughout the course. Examples from past years include, an electronic sound sensing dice, a guitar tuning device and a radio linked weather station.
WHAT DO I NEED TO JOIN THE COURSE?
Grade 5 in GCSE Physics or Grade 55 in GCSE Science or Grade 5 in GCSE Electronics.
Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is preferred due to the high mathematical content of the subject, Grade 5 will be considered based on your average GCSE score/grade profile across relevant subjects.
Grade 4 in GCSE English Language or Literature.
CAN I TAKE ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
If you choose to study Electronics, you will take it alongside two other A levels.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Using the WJEC Eduqas examination specification:
Component 1: Principles of Electronics Written examination: 2 hours 45 minutes 40% of qualification A mix of short answer and extended answer questions with some set in a practical context.
Component 2: Application of Electronics Written examination: 2 hours 45 minutes 40% of qualification A mix of short answer and extended answer questions with some set in a practical context.
Component 3: Extended system design and realisation tasks Non-exam assessment 20% of qualification.
Task 1 A design and program task to create a microcontroller system programed in assembler language to solve an identified problem, need or opportunity.
Task 2 A substantial integrated design and realisation task to create an electronic system to solve an identified problem, need or opportunity.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
There are no charges to study this course. However there may be some costs for trips.
WHAT IS THE DURATION?
This is a two year course.
WHAT IS THE UCAS POINTS TARIFF FOR THIS COURSE?
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Course Type A Level
- Duration 2 Years
- Awarding Body WJEC