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Electronics A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

Taught by highly experienced staff, our A-level Electronics course has been running for over 25 years and achieves consistently great results. Your challenging, interesting classes are delivered in a bright laboratory with data projection facilities and a laptop for each student. You will become quite the expert at using computer-aided design (CAD) software to design and test your ideas. As well as Excel and Word and the internet, you will use specialist software to include Crocodile Clips, Livewire, ICON Soft Electronics and PICTutor. There are detailed interactive notes for all the modules on the Bilborough Sixth Form College Moodle so we won’t spend a lot of time taking notes. You will get hands-on experience of building many of the circuits we investigate.

Course content

Your first year (AS) is comprised of three modules: ‘Introduction to Digital and Analogue Electronics’ (assessed by exam); ‘Circuits and components’ (exam) and ‘Programmable Control Systems Project’ (assessed by coursework with your choice of project). Many students really enjoy the coursework component in particular as it stretches their imaginations, makes use of their new knowledge and encourages them to further explore an area which has interested them.

In your second year (A2) you will look at ‘Communications Systems’ (assessed by exam), ‘Systems Applications’ (exam) and, finally, you will design, build and test a project of your choice, writing a detailed report on the circuit you have built. Most of our students find the design project gives them a great sense of achievement. 

Entry requirements

To study at Bilborough Sixth Form College you must achieve a minimum of 5 A*-C grades in your GCSEs, including English Language and Maths.  We count BTEC Firsts as equivalent to one GCSE.

Future opportunities

We’re always delighted when Electronics students from Bilborough Sixth Form College go on to study related degree subjects such as Engineering, Computing, Games Production and Music / Media – and indeed many of them do. Our tutors have good knowledge about higher education and are always happy to give you expert advice on suitable progression routes. We have strong relationships with local universities such as Nottingham Trent (we helped test their ICON control software, which is still used in lessons today!). 

Further information

Abi left Bilborough Sixth Form College in 2012 and is now on a five-year apprenticeship programme with Fairfield Control Systems Ltd. She says: “Initially, I took Electronics as a more light-hearted subject (I also did English Language, Maths and Philosophy). However, I enjoyed the course so much that I decided I wanted a career in it! As well as my favourite subject, it was my highest graded one. It was challenging, with a diverse range of topics, but definitely worth the effort I put in (not to mention the fact that Dan and Jeff were great tutors!).

“I would 100 per cent recommend the course to any females – the classes may be male-dominated, but as a whole the electrical engineering field is pretty evenly split. However there aren’t many qualified female electrical engineers in this country, so it is definitely a field worth going into.”

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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