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Electronics A-Level at Worthing College

Course description

Would you enjoy finding out how a drinks machine is programmed to give you a perfect cup of coffee? Are you keen to learn how the modern world communicates and controls the vast amount of data that it generates? Are you interested in building and testing basic electronic circuits from fundamental principles? Ever thought about how an amplifier works? If you answer is ‘yes’ to most of these questions then Electonics AS/A Level could be for you.

Course content

AS Level Units:

  • Digital Systems: logic gates, system design, sequential logic systems, amplifiers.
  • Circuits & Components: circuit principles, components, timing circuits, semiconductor diodes, signal sources, switching circuits.
  • Control System Project: using software to programme a microcontroller.

A Level Units

  • Communication Systems: Filters, modulation techniques, radio, digital communication systems.
  • System Applications: Counting, microcontroller systems, power, instruments, high power switching systems, audio.
  • Major Design Project: Practical project planning, development, testing and reporting.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at A*- C grade including a grade B in GCSE Maths and two grade Bs in GCSE science. You will also have to study Physics A Level or Maths AS/A Level.

Assessment

At AS Level: Units 1 and 2 exams in the summer (70% of marks). Unit 3 is coursework assessment of your project to programme a microcontroller (30% of marks).

At A Level: Units 4 and 5 exams in the summer. Unit 6 is coursework assessment of your planning, design, building testing and reporting in your major project.

Future opportunities

It is an excellent preparation for most physical science first degrees, particularly those in engineering and research disciplines. Electronic Engineering at university can lead to the international job market with many vacancies throughout Europe. Good electronics engineers are scarce and starting salaries often reflect this. As there is a programming element to Electronics A Level it is a very useful entry qualification for a degree in computing.

For those not intending to take the subject to a higher level, an appreciation of the fundamental concepts of electronics is useful in careers such as the armed forces, aviation, computing and many technological industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worthing College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016
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