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Electronics AS Level at Gloucestershire College

Course description

AS Level Electronics can lead to jobs in the engineering sector through higher apprenticeships or technology and science-based degrees.

During the one-year course you will apply basic electronic principles and a systems approach in order to lift the lid on many modern electronic systems encountered in everyday life. The study reflects up-to-date practice; encouraging a safe approach to using electronic systems.

This subject will be offered at AS Level only.

Course content

The topics you will cover include amplifiers, used in many areas of electronics, from basic amplifier systems to computers; logic gates, including AND, NAND and XOR; and transistors and MOS-FETs, which are the power behind many modern domestic systems.

Counter circuits will also be covered, alongside timing circuits, which can be used for synchronisation, to time different operations and allow different systems to communicate.

Entry requirements

Our new entry criteria are based around the average GCSE scores required to study grouped subjects.

The subjects are divided into three groups each requiring a different minimum average GCSE score.

The average GCSE score will have to be generated from a minimum of SEVEN academic GCSEs  - with at least 5 grade Cs including maths and English within this SEVEN

This subject require

  • s an average GCSE points score of 4.8 points
  • B or above in English Language or Literature


Changes to A Level Courses in 2015 and 2016

The government has implemented a number of changes to AS and A Level courses starting in September 2015, which affect all schools and colleges in England.

The main changes will be:

  • AS qualifications will still be available as a high quality, stand-alone qualification
  • All assessment in A Levels will be at the end of two years of study
  • There will also be more emphasis on exams and less on coursework, with most subjects being assessed entirely on exams.

We will continue to enter all students into exams at the end of their first year, as we believe it will give students, parents and tutors useful feedback on their progress in the first year; help students to decide which higher education course to apply for; and give universities an indication of their expected grades.

It will also give them the ability to transfer to other courses or move onto employment with recognised qualifications, if they choose to

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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