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Electronics A Level at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

We live in an ‘electronic age’ where electronics embraces every aspect of modern life from home entertainment to global communications and even space exploration. A host of fascinating careers are open to those with knowledge and skills in electronics, both technical and commercial. The pace of change of electronics technology means that you will always be at the forefront of change and, as such, you will always be in demand.

The course is delivered in the main by hands-on practical investigations and computer aided simulation and design, with the development of practical skills and experimentation being equally as important as theoretical knowledge.

You will learn about all aspects of electronics including basic components and principles, digital electronics and robotics, and analogue electronics including amplifiers. You will also learn how to build and design these circuits making useful devices from them. All electronics staff have experience of working in industry as well as being experienced teachers. They use a wide variety of activities including exciting demonstration experiments, computer simulations and group practical work.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for the study of electronics at AS/A2 level is grade Bs in GCSE Mathematics and Design and Technology. Candidates with grade Cs may be considered, depending upon individual circumstances. Students should be aware that sixth form electronics is not an easy option, but a challenging, technical course, which does require some mathematical ability. The subject also requires you to be highly organised and be fascinated enough to read and absorb notes.

Future opportunities

Advanced Level Electronics is accepted by universities and complements subjects such as Physics, Mathematics, Information Technology and Design. It also establishes a good base if you are thinking of going into an industry where electronics is used, such as electrical/electronic engineering, communications, broadcasting and consumer electronics. By choosing to study A Level Electronics you will be opening up a whole range of possible career opportunities in technology based industries. Electronics is an area where there is a great shortage of qualified people to fill the available vacancies. A broad and detailed knowledge of electronics is an essential requirement for many engineering, research and computing jobs and will be seen as highly advantageous by employers and university admissions tutors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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