Electronics - A Level - Year 1

Electronics is the construction of circuits and electronic devices which perform particular functions, including the application of analogue and digital circuits, the understanding of electrical systems and power supplies, signal processing, communications and the programming of microcontrollers.

This course requires the understanding and application of circuit theory along with the skills of problem solving, analytical, logical and creative thinking, the application of mathematical skills to calculating electrical quantities and communication skills when completing reports.

During the first year of the course you will look at digital electronics (logic systems, timing circuits, sequential logic & microcontrollers), analogue electronics (DC electrical circuits, semiconductors, operational-amplifiers and timing circuits) and systems & power (systems synthesis, input and output, energy & power and mains supply).

In the second year you will cover signal processing (signal conversion, AC circuits & passive filters, instrumentation and audio systems), communications (communications systems, digital communications, optical communications and wireless transmission) and further systems & power (high power switching systems).

In both years coursework knowledge, skills and evidence will be developed.

This course is ideal if you like applying mathematical concepts and logical thinking to solving problems and enjoy learning through practical work.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by written exams at the end of the second year contributing towards 80% of the total marks and coursework giving 20% of the total marks (involving the completion of two pieces of project work, one on the programming and application of microcontrollers and the other being the development of a substantial electronic system integrating both analogue and digital sub-systems).

During term time your progress will be monitored by weekly homework, practical write-up exercises, end of topic exams and mocks, as well as on-line quizzes and activities.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including Double Science or Biology and 3 at Grade 5 including Maths.

Where can it take me?

  • College Progression – you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Engineering HNC and Teaching.
  • University – related degrees including Electronics, Engineering, Information Technology or Telecommunications.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career or Apprenticeship in Engineering, Telecommunications and the Armed Services.

Additional information

You will undertake an induction period at the start of the course to ensure you are supported and guided through the correct learning pathway.

Electronics fits well within an A Level programme containing Mathematics, Physics or Engineering.

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