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Electronics AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Electronics Advanced Subsidiary Course (AS) Advanced Level (A2) Examining Board - AQA

Introduction Electronics is involved in every aspect of the modern world and its importance is both undeniable and universal. It is one of the fastest growing industries of the twenty-first century. Electronics and electronic engineering offer an immense variety of further study and career opportunities. The Aim of the Course The aim of this course is to attract students to study Electronics by providing a rewarding and stimulating examination course. By its very nature, Electronics is a practical subject and is taught in a practical manner. The course also aims to: • develop a positive attitude towards Electronics • develop confidence and interest in the subject • develop an awareness of the importance of the subject • acquire a sound base of knowledge required for further study or employment. The Modules The AS qualification is made up of two modules, Introductory Electronics and Further Electronics, which are examined, and a project which carries 30% of the marks. The A2 qualification is made up of two more modules, Programmable Control Systems and Communication Systems, and a second project. The projects are individual products, designed, made and tested by the student. About one third of the course is spent on the project and it is during this time that students have a real opportunity to develop skills and interest in Electronics. In the second year students do a more interesting yet more challenging project often involving programmable chips or robotics. Who should take Electronics? Any student who wishes to study a science-based yet practical subject beyond GCSE should consider Electronics. It is a new subject for everyone in the sixth form. Results in Electronics over the last few years have been excellent, some of the best in the school. In the recent Kirkland Rowell Student Survey, 96% of students considered that they were making good progress; the highest in the school. Teaching Methods Most lessons will involve students in working through practical assignments, which are designed to develop skills and understanding which are needed for the project. In the Spring Term, students design, build and test their own project. Any Summer Work? Sit back relax and look at how much electronics is involved in and changes everyday life. If you could build any appliance what would it be? You might just have the ability to build it as a project for AS or A2. Further information Any student interested in the course may obtain further information from Mr Robinson or should ask any current student of Electronics about the course.

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years