Introduction to the Course
The aims of the course are for students to develop designing and manufacturing skills using electronic and mechanical engineering control systems. The students will undertake research and development for their project. It also gives students the opportunity to improve independent learning skills and develop an in-depth knowledge of control systems. This includes mechanical/electrical and pneumatic components, coding programmable integrated circuits, and the use of CAD/CAM manufacturing methods.
Standard entry requirements and students will need at least a B grade in GCSE Systems & Control, Electronic Products or Engineering. Students will also have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively when designing, developing, planning, manufacturing and evaluating a product.
Unit 1 will help to develop a knowledge and understanding of materials, components and applications.
Unit 2 students will be required to produce a portfolio of work including a design task giving the opportunity to develop and explore control systems and a practical piece of work showing students’ ability to plan and manufacture a product.
Unit 3 will help to develop a knowledge and understanding of pneumatic and electronic control systems.
Unit 4 students will design and make a project of their choice, allowing them to apply their knowledge of systems and control.
AS Level: Examination 50% of AS Grade 25% of A2 Grade
Coursework 50% of AS Grade 25% of A2 Grade
A2 Level: Examination 50% of A2 Grade 25% of Final Grade
Coursework 50% of A2 Grade 25% of Final Grade
Future Career Progression
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their electronics and engineering knowledge and making skills in an industrial context; it will also enable students to progress to a degree in electronics or engineering as long as they have studied Mathematics and Physics at A level as well.