Introduction to the Course
The aims of the course ensure that students have the required level of electronic and mathematical knowledge and electronic engineering skills to solve real problems. This will enable students to appreciate how many problems in society can be solved by the application of the scientific ideas in the field of electronics, using engineering processes. The practical work will enable students to see the theoretical knowledge contained in the specification in action and to gain a greater understanding of the knowledge in a practical context.
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, prototyping and evaluating a design problem.
- You will develop essential scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the behaviour of electrical/electronic circuits
- You will develop and demonstrate a deep understanding of the nature, processes and methods of electronics as an engineering discipline
- You will develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
- You will develop and learn how to apply observational, practical and problem-solving skills in the identification of needs in the world around you and then design and test an electronic solution
- You will develop and learn how to apply creative and evaluative skills in the development and assessment of electronic systems to solve problems
- You will develop your interest in electronics, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with electronics.
A2 Level: 40% Examination
Component 1: Principles of Electronics
A2 Level: 40% Examination
Component 2: Application of Electronics
A2 Level: 20% Coursework
Component 3: Extended system design and realisation tasks
Task 1 A design and program task to create a microcontroller system programmed 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.
Future Career Progression
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their electrical and electronic knowledge and develop problem solving skills. It will enable students to progress to a degree in a range of engineering disciplines including mechanical/electrical/electronic and civil engineering, as long as they have studied Mathematics and Physics at A level as well.