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Electronics AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Students who take Electronics will find it goes well with Physics, Maths, IT, Music Technology and Media Studies. This means electronics can be either your specialist subject or play a supporting role for other subjects.

Electronics helps develop a number of new skills:

  • Working with numbers
  • Working within a team
  • Planning projects from concept to production
  • Analysing information and acting upon it
  • Using your initiative to develop new solutions

Course content

Students will enjoy a range of investigative tasks during both years. The Course will extend those pupils who have studied GCSE Electronics and is designed to support those who have not studied Electronics with the inclusion of Unit 1, an Introductory to Electronics in the first term in Yr 12. The nature of the two coursework projects units 3 & 6, is for the students to show case what they have learnt in the two examination units of that year. Students will be encouraged to embark on projects which suit their abilities and allow them to clearly show their area of expertise. The examination Units (1,2 & 4,5) are designed to stretch the students subject knowledge within Electronics. Some of the areas of study which are covered in Yr 12 are: Foundation knowledge of Electronics, systems and Logic, Counter systems, Rc/dc sub systems, Operational Amplifiers, digital systems and Combinational Logic.

In Yr 13 the students will focus on developing their knowledge of electronics further and study: Microcontrollers (PICs), Programming, AM and FM radio technology, DAB communications, Opto Electronics and Audio systems.

Entry requirements

It is essential students achieve a Grade C or above if studied at GCSE level and preferably Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.


Unit 1: Introductory Electronics

  • 35% of AS 17½% of A2
  • Written Examination

Unit 2: Further Electronics

  • 35% of AS 17½% of A2
  • Written Examination

Unit 3: Practical System Development

  • 30% of AS 15% of A2
  • Coursework Project

Unit 4: Programmable Control Systems

  • 17½% of AS
  • Written Examination

Unit 5: Communications Systems

  • 17½% of A2
  • Written Examination

Unit 6: Practical System Synthesis

  • 15% of A2
  • Coursework Project

Future opportunities

Your A Level in electronics will be a great start for further education in electronics, computer or software engineering.

A qualification in electronics will really take you places. You might get the bug for topics like robotics or communications and specialise in those fields. Or maybe you’d like to be a teacher, work as a research scientist, or even invent your own products.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brine Leas School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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