A Level EDUQAS
Introduction to the Course
Electronics Engineering and Computer Science are growth areas in industry. The demand for employees that have the ability to programme software or design new electronic equipment is huge and because of the changing nature of technology will always be a shortage area for employers. The aims of this course are toensure that students develop their electronic knowledge and learn how to apply this and their mathematical knowledge to a range of situations so that they can develop working solutions to real world problems. The skills they learn will also be transferrable to other Science and Engineering courses either at apprenticeship or degree level.
The practical work includes both experimentation at the component level as well as prototyping circuits and this 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. Students will also have the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively when designing, developing, planning, prototyping and evaluating a design problem.
Standard entry requirements and students will need at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths and Physics. A GCSE in Systems & Control, Electronics, Electronic Products or Engineering would be advantageous but not mandatory.
- 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.
Component 1: Principles of Electronics 40% Examination
Component 2: Application of Electronics 40% Examination
Component 3: Extended system design and development tasks 20% Coursework
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.
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 or apprenticeship 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.
Examples of careers in Electronics Engineering are –
- Aerospace Engineer
- Broadcast Engineer
- Control and Instrumentation Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- IT Consultant
- Network Engineer
- Nuclear Engineer
- Systems Analyst
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