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Electronics AS/A2 at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

This exciting specification brings the study of Electronics right up to date, with the study of mobile phone technology and computer control systems. It is a Science based course with the emphasis on designing electronic systems. Ability and confidence in the subject are developed by having an emphasis on learning through doing, with enjoyable and stimulating practical work. Electronics also challenges students to understand and apply high levels of mathematics and physics, and in doing so complements really well with these subjects at Advanced Level. Electronics is based upon key sections of the physics specification and explores them in greater detail, applying and enhancing difficult Physics concepts in a variety of practical ways which really enhances understanding. Students find that electronics really supports Physics and consistently achieve outstanding results in this subject.

The Electronics specification has been designed to:

  • be rewarding and stimulating for students.
  • develop a sound base of knowledge and skills required for further study in Electronics, in other subjects, or in employment.
  • develop ability and confidence in the subject with an emphasis on learning through straightforward practical work.
  • develop a range of knowledge understanding and skills, which supplements many other subjects, especially mathematics and physics.
  • develop practical skills which are teacher assessed at  AS and A2 through a practical project.
  • develop key skills in programming.
  • Use state of the art Software and measurement instruments, used in degree courses.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1 Introductory Electronics

At AS students are given a broad understanding of some fundamental aspects of electronics. Unit 1 is an introduction to electronics including system synthesis, diodes, transistors and MOSFETS, off amps, logic gates and combinational logic systems.

Unit 2 Further Electronics

Unit 2 covers sub-systems involved with timing, amplification and sequential logic.

Unit 3 Practical System Development

In the coursework unit students bring together their knowledge and skills to design, build and test a solution to a problem of their own choosing. At AS, students are required to identify a problem, devise a specification for a solution and then build and test it. Some examples include: electronic combination lock, electronic dice, guitar tuner, logic probe, random number generator, guitar effects unit and a binary counter/clock.

 

A LEVEL

Unit 4 Programmable Control Systems

At A2 Unit 4 covers the principles of micro-processor control systems, including programming and interfacing them to the outside world.

Unit 5  Communications Systems

Unit 5 covers basic principles of communications including radio, digital and mobile systems.

Unit 6  Practical System Synthesis

A coursework project is based on content from units 1 to 4. At A2, students follow the same process with the added requirement to produce full evaluation of the system.

Coursework projects include: digital thermometer, digital to analogue converter, aircraft wing servo motor control system, push-pull audio amplifier, PIC controlled alarm and an audio tone control system.

Assessment

AS LEVEL


Unit 1

Written Examination – 1 hour

Maximum Marks available:

35% of the total AS marks

17½% of the total A Level marks

Information regarding Assessment:

67 marks, 6 or 7 compulsory questions of varying length.

Unit 2

Written Examination – 1 hour

Maximum Marks available:

35% of the total AS marks

17½% of the total A Level marks

Information regarding Assessment:

67 marks, 6 or 7 compulsory questions of varying length.

 

Unit 3

Coursework

Maximum Marks available:

30% of the total AS marks

15% of the total A Level marks

Information regarding Assessment:

50 marks. Focused on the content of AS units 1 and 2

 

A LEVEL

Unit 4

 

Written Examination – 1½ hours

Maximum Marks available:

17½% of the total A Level marks

Information regarding Assessment:

80 marks, 7 or 8 compulsory questions of varying length.

 

Unit 5

Assessment: 

Written Examination – 1½ hours

Maximum Marks available:

17½% of the total A Level marks.

Information regarding Assessment:

80 marks, 7 or 8 compulsory questions of varying length.

 

Unit 6

Coursework

Maximum Marks available:

15% of the total A Level marks

Information regarding Assessment:

50 marks. Focused on the content of A2 units 4 and 5.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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