Electronics (Science) Why choose this subject? Electronics is a Science “A” level. Modern society is dependent on electronics, whether it be for communicating, controlling machines, processing information in computers or using modern medical techniques. People with knowledge and skills in this subject are in great demand in a wide range of industries. Electronics ranges from the behaviour of tiny circuit components through to the operation of complex microprocessor circuits. However, electronics is in essence a practical subject. It is about the skills and knowledge needed to design, make, test and modify circuits to meet an agreed project target. Entry Requirements:
Good grades of at least grade C in GCSE Science, Additional Science or Physics. No prior knowledge of physics or electronics will be assumed. Grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics is also required for this course.
Suitable Subject Combinations:
Any of the other Sciences, Maths, Product Design, Computing, Music, Media, Drama.
Useful if you go on to:
Electronics has so many applications that it will be of interest to students considering many types of course and career. The sound, lighting, special effects, techniques and electronic instruments used in modern theatre production and music concerts make the knowledge of the subject increasingly important for careers following Media Studies, Drama and Music courses. The strongly creative and technological design aspect of electronics makes it very suitable for study alongside Design Technology, Information Technology and Computing courses. The extensive use of electronics for instrumentation and control in laboratory research, engineering and many industries make it a good subject to study if you are interested in careers or degree courses which involve either Science or Engineering. It combines well with science subjects and Mathematics.
Course Description Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Electronics (AQA) Advanced Subsidiary is designed to provide an appropriate assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills expected of candidates who have completed the first half of a full Advanced Level qualification. The level of demand of the AS examination is that expected of candidates halfway through a full A Level course of study. The AS comprises three teaching and learning modules Unit 1:
ELEC1 Introductory Electronics Written Examination – 1 hour (35% of the total AS marks)
ELEC2 Further Electronics Written Examination – 1 hour (35% of the total AS marks)
ELEC3 Practical System Development Coursework – 50 marks Focused on the content of AS units 1 and 2 (30% of the total AS marks)
Advanced Level (AS+A2) Electronics (AQA) The A2 comprises a further three teaching and learning modules. Each teaching and learning module is normally assessed through an associated assessment unit. The specification gives details of the relationship between the modules and assessment units. Unit 4:
ELEC4 Programmable Control Systems Written Examination – 80 marks, 1½ hours (35% of the total A2 marks)
ELEC5 Communications Systems Written Examination – 80 marks, 1½ hours (35% of the total A2 marks)
ELEC6 Practical System Synthesis Coursework – 50 marks Focused on the content of A2 units 4 and 5 (30% of the total A2 marks)