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A Level Electronics at Bournville College

Course description

The course is divided into a variety of topics, each containing different key Electronics concepts. Once you have learnt the key features of a particular topic, you move on to consider the applications in real situations. To study Electronics at this level you should have an aptitude for Mathematics and Physics.

Course content

Three mandatory units at AS Level
Unit 1: Introductory Electronics
System synthesis
Voltage (V), Current (I), Resistance (R), Power (P)
Resistive input transducers
Diodes and MOSFETs
Output Devices
Operational amplifiers (op-amps)
Logic gates and Boolean algebra
Design and simplification of combinational logic systems

Unit 2: Further Electronics
DC RC networks
Timing subsystems
Sequential logic subsystems
Counter subsystems
The Operational Amplifier
Amplifier systems
Power amplifier subsystems

Unit 3: Practical System Development
This unit gives learners the opportunity to put theory into practice. Learners are presented with a system requirement and from that learners then research, design, develop, build and test a functioning system. The system is then evaluated in the form of a detailed technical report.

A further three units at A2 Level:
Unit 4: Programmable Control Systems
Control Systems
Microprocessor subsystems
Input subsystems
Output subsystems
Interfacing subsystems
Robotic systems

Unit 5: Communications Systems
General principles
Audio systems
Radio communication – General Principles
Radio receivers
Digital communications
Mobile communication

Unit 6: Practical System Synthesis
This unit develops learners’ higher level skills. They design, construct and assess an electronic system of significant complexity followed by a detail evaluative report.


Entry requirements

A minimum of 6 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English Language. There is a specific requirement of a Grade B or above in GCSE Mathematics. To progress onto the A2 you will need to achieve a minimum of a D in your A/S Electronics.


AS Electronics 1431
ELEC1 – Introductory Electronics (one written paper: 60 minutes)
ELEC2 – Further Electronics (one written paper: 60 minutes)
ELEC3 – Practical System Development 1 (Coursework)

A2 Electronics 2431
ELEC4 – Programmable Control Systems (one written paper: 90 minutes)
ELEC5 – Communications Systems (one written paper 90 minutes)
ELEC6 – Practical System Synthesis 1 (Coursework)


Future opportunities

An A Level in Electronics is an ideal qualification for those wishing to pursue engineering or other physical science degree courses at university, in particular for electrical, electronic, power and computer engineering degree programmes.

Further information

If you are interested in studying this course please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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