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AS Electronics

In Eastleigh ()

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Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Duration

    1 Year

Description

The course offers a broad introduction into the world of Electronics. There is a strong practical element which runs in parallel with the theory. Students find the course both challenging and very enjoyable, since it extends both their practical circuit building skills and their ability to think logically and to analyse and design circuits. All circuits are built onto protoyping boards.

Important information

Government funding available

To take into account

Whilst no previous knowledge of Electronics is expected, prospective students should have five GCSE passes at C or above, including grade BB in Double Science (or grade B in Physics) and a grade B in Mathematics. We regret that we do not normally accept GCSE Applied Science. The average GCSE grade needs to be C or above.

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Electronics
The course offers a broad introduction into the world of Electronics. There is a strong practical element which runs in parallel with the theory. Students find the course both challenging and very enjoyable, since it extends both their practical circuit building skills and their ability to think logically and to analyse and design circuits.

All circuits are built onto protoyping boards. We do no soldering and we do not build circuits into products

The qualification gained OCR, Advanced Supplementary Level GCE Code, syllabus code H065.

Those students who continue into the second year will gain OCR Advanced level GCE, syllabus code H465.

What Will I Learn On This Course?

The course will give students a basic understanding of the principles on which electronically controlled systems actually function. Students will learn how to build circuits and how to troubleshoot them when they do not work. They will also learn how to do a circuit calculations and how to design some of the more straightforward electronic circuits.

The course helps students to appreciate the power and limitations of electronic devices and the digital side gives a useful introduction to those who may wish to make a career in computer "hardware" systems and for those interested in studying Communication Systems. A2 electronics provides an excellent start for those who wish to become electronic engineers.

Course Content And Method Of Assessment

In the autumn term of the first year students encounter logic circuits, op amp switching circuits, MOSFETS and transducers. In the Spring term they then go on to study amplifiers, filters and microcontrollers.

There are three assessed practicals in the Spring term. These are marked internally and the marks moderated by the exam board.

Electronics AS
Unit 1 Simple Systems - Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes (AS 36.5 % / A2 18.25%)
Unit 2 Signal Processor - Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes (AS 36.5 % / A2 18.25%)
Unit 3 Build and investigate - Coursework - 15 hours of laboratory time(AS 27% / A2 13.5%)

Electronics A2
In the second year of the course students go on to study Radio, Video Signals, Microcontrollers and Feedback Control Systems. There is also assessed constructional project.

Unit 4 Electronic Control Systems (Microcontrollers, etc)- Examination 1 hour 40 mins (18.25%)
Unit 5 Communication Systems (Radio and Video Systems) - Examination 1 hour 40 minutes (18.25%)
Unit 6 Project - Coursework - 15 hours of laboratory time (13.5%)

After The Course

The course gives an excellent foundation to those who wish to go on to pursue Electronic Engineering and related subjects to a higher level or to seek employment in the Electronics Industry. Former students tell how their knowledge of A level Electronics has given them great confidence at university and has seen them through the first year of their degree course.

Subject Combinations

Candidates are strongly advised to continue studying Mathematics while at Barton Peveril College, since this has been found to be beneficial in the past.

Entry Requirements

Whilst no previous knowledge of Electronics is expected, prospective students should have five GCSE passes at C or above, including grade BB in Double Science (or grade B in Physics) and a grade B in Mathematics. We regret that we do not normally accept GCSE Applied Science. The average GCSE grade needs to be C or above.

AS Electronics

Price on request