Electronics A Level
|Mode of study||Academic A Level|
|Campus||Welsh Bridge Campus|
|Start date||September 2021|
|Course code||ELX-AL (2123)|
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language with grade 5 in Maths and Physics or 5:5 or above in Combined Science. Electronics is an ideal subject if you like a blend of the practical and the theoretical and are confident carrying out calculations and using equations. It will be particularly useful to you if you are thinking of going on to study for a degree in Engineering or Physics. As a consequence it is also a very good complement to the A Level Physics course.
What does the course involve?
Electronics fills our everyday lives! At home we see computers, telephones, washing machines, radios, TVs, cameras, etc. Outside we encounter electronics in trains, planes and automobiles, traffic systems and hospital equipment. It is ubiquitous. Clearly the field of Electronics has made, and will continue to make, a huge impact on the quality of our lives and the prosperity of the country. The skills and knowledge are clearly needed in this technological age.
The course will give you a thorough grounding in basic electronics and introduce you to some of the many exciting communication and control applications. The project component of the course, which counts for 20% of the marks, will allow you to gain hands-on experience at designing, building and testing specific systems and those of your own choice. We have a new well-resourced lab with extensive ICT facilities and we are one of the largest centres in the country for A Level Electronics.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment Two exams: 2 hours 45 minutes each accounts for 80% of the qualification. This includes a mix of short answer and extended answer questions with some set in a practical context.
Non-exam assessment is 20% of qualification, involving coursework tasks looking at System Design.
A Level Electronics is a valuable asset for those wishing to pursue electronics as a career, or any science, engineering and technology related careers. Many Electronics students go on to study Engineering, Physics or Computing at university or prestigious Apprenticeships including GCHQ, BBC and Google.
You can take part in the Engineering Education Scheme which links teams of students with local companies to work on real, scientific, engineering and technological problems. This six month scheme provides you with an in-depth experience in science, engineering and technology so that you can make an informed decision about your future studies and career.
What do I do next?
You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email: email@example.com
A Level Electronics (Product Design, Business BTEC)
Previous Institution: Welshpool High School
SCG was the only College that offered Electronics A Level in the local area and I also wanted a fresh start in a new environment. I studied systems and control at GCSE and really enjoyed the electronic elements. I am quite an independent learner and the teachers allow me to read ahead and go at my pace. Next year I will be working, but I then want to study electronics at university - possibly kick-starting my career in circuit or product design.
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