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AS and A2 Level Electronic Products at William Farr CofE Comprehensive School

Course description

Systems and Control is a Technology course which looks at the practical side of how systems work using electronics, gears, and pneumatics.

Our course allows you to meet your unique set of needs and abilities, whilst ensuring you are set the highest expectations that will challenge you. You are encouraged to think, question and enquire. Systems and Control is not just about “doing” but is about interactively thinking and doing. Solutions are not always as obvious as you may think. So if you are interested in making and learning how things work, you may want to consider studying Systems and Control.

Systems and Control combines theory with practice. This is a problem-solving subject that uses not just the brain, not just the hands but combines both. This subject also combines academic study with design skills and practical application.

Coursework in Year 12 consists of an e-Portfolio which documents the design and manufacture of three projects including an MP3 Stereo Amplifier, Programmable Microchips (PICs) and Infra-Red over three lessons. Two lessons per week are focussed on electronics, mechanisms and materials technology taught through theory and practical sessions in our workshops.

In Year 13 students will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture. Projects have included MP3 Amplifiers, Robotic Buggies, Metronomes, Laser Tag guns, a Keyboard, and a Robotic Arm.

Over the last few years we have built up links with Universities including Lincoln, Loughborough, York, and Sheffield Hallam.

We visit Mini (Oxford) and Jaguar (Coventry) to build on our work on systems, materials and processes which is needed for your exams. We also take a two day trip to London in Year 12. In Year 13 we have taken a bi-annual trip to New York jointly with Art and Design. In the interim year we hope to visit a European city.

Students who intend to go onto Engineering should be encouraged to take Maths and/or Physics alongside Systems. Students have gone on to take Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Design, Electronics, Aeronautical Engineering, Systems Engineering & Manufacturing and Electrical Installation & Application at University.

We advise you only take two subjects from Art & Design, and Design & Technology, which includes Art, Electronics, Fashion Design & Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography/Lens Based Design, Product Design.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Electronic Products or Systems and Control (preferred) or Resistant Materials.

Future opportunities

Students who intend to go onto Engineering should be encouraged to take Maths and/or Physics alongside Systems. Students have gone on to take Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Design, Electronics, Aeronautical Engineering, Systems Engineering & Manufacturing and Electrical Installation & Application at University

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Farr CofE Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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