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Design and Technology: Electronics AS at Faringdon Community College

Course description

Small group discussion, practical tasks.

Course content

Two areas of study:

3 short practical investigations:

  • Simple Systems
  • Digital Sytems
  • Control Technology

2 Written exams: 

  • Foundation Electronics
  • Signal Processing

Time Allocation: 8 hours per cycle

Private Study Requirement: Ongoing main project, examination preparation.

Extra Curricular Opportunities:

  • Industrial visits
  • Learning new skills
  • Working with existing engineers

Good Combination With: Maths, Science, ICT

Entry requirements

To study ‘AS’ level subjects students need to gain a minimum of 5 A*- C grades in GCSE subjects.

We expect students to have gained a grade C in Maths and English Language.

We also expect students to gain a grade B or higher in a subject that they wish to continue to study in the Sixth Form. A grade B is a good indicator to predict that a student will be able to successfully cope with the increased challenge and rigour of studying a subject to Advanced level. However, there is a degree of flexibility in this condition dependent on the student’s effort and commitment to their academic development.

A major factor in students achieving success at AS and A level is the level of effort and commitment shown during Year 12/13. Therefore, our entry requirement has a degree of flexibility to allow us to accept students who we believe have shown the necessary work ethic in Key Stage 4 but have gained a grade C in a subject they wish to study at A level.


Examining Board: OCR

Future opportunities

Good foundation for any engineering university course or career in this area.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 November 2017
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