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Electronics A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

If you enjoy learning by experimenting and through practical work then you will enjoy Electronics. We aim to deliver the theory aspect of the course by allowing you to try things out in the lab. This course will give you the chance to learn how to use specialist equipment, develop your practical skills and requires no previous knowledge of the subject. However, the course is mostly assessed by written exam and you will need to have good problem solving and good maths skills. Electronics would serve as a very useful addition to advanced courses for potential engineers, scientists, music technologists and computer programmers. It is an excellent technical qualification.

Course content

We start off with basic d.c. current electricity theory, building on your GCSE Science knowledge, and then begin learning about topics such as input and output subsystems, digital and analogue electronics, timing circuits, audio circuits, wireless communication, optical communication, a.c. and mains circuits, power electronics and microcontrollers.

Entry requirements

You are likely to have good practical ability, creative skills, an enquiring mind and mathematical ability. You will develop the ability to design and build complex circuits, fault find and to use test equipment. You will need GCSE Maths at grade C/4 and GCSE Science or Physics at grade C or above. You should also have a minimum average GCSE pass of grade C.

Our minimum entry requirements remain 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, however there are now a number of restrictions on the type/range of programmes you can take at Priestley which will reflect your overall GCSE grade profile.

If you do not have a GCSE Grade 4 or the old Grade C in English Language and/or Mathematics by the time you join Priestley you will be required to continue working to improve in these subjects so you may find your programme options more limited.


Both the AS and the A level courses are linear. You will study the topics listed above and sit two exam papers for the AS qualification at the end of one year or three 2 hour papers for the A level at the end of two years. Both qualifications involve practical work throughout the course, requiring you to undertake circuit development and testing tasks.

Future opportunities

Many of our students progress to university while some enter employment, sometimes through apprenticeship schemes. Fields of study are varied; Science and Engineering, IT and Computer Games Design. Electronics is valued as a practical and science based advanced level qualification.

Further information

As part of your programme you will be able to get involved in many trips and events organised through the various courses making up your Engineering programme. We also offer the opportunity to become a member of one of our model aircraft teams competing annually in national competitions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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