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Electronics, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Electronics lies behind some of the greatest advances in human history. It has changed the world with revolutionary technology, improve and people’s lives with medical technology but there is still much, much more it can help solve- the planet’s energy needs for example!

As an electronics student you will have an inquisitive mind, be excited by modern technology and keen to test its limits. In AS Electronics the lessons are ‘hands on.’ You will be constructing and testing circuits, learning about electronic components and designing your own projects. In addition, you will enjoy mathematics and be able to use your number skills to solve problems in a clear and logical manner.

At OSFC we have a custom designed Electronics laboratory in the Regional Science Centre with cutting edge equipment. A computer aided supported self-study approach is used, which frees the tutor to give more individual guidance and support while allowing you to take greater responsibility for your own progress. You’ll get the opportunity to take part in a Young Enterprise scheme working on an engineering project with a local company. Other trips you could take part in include visiting the large hadron collider at CERN in Geneva and the Engineering Your Future careers conference. You might also apply to become a Student Ambassador for Electronics and will gain access to the full range of talks and demonstrations from our stimulating program of visiting guest speakers from local universities and industry.


Course content

Year 1

ET1 : Introduction to Digital and Analogue Systems. Topics include logic gates, Boolean algebra, D type Flip-flops, Operational Amplifiers.

ET2: Circuits and Components. This examination includes includes input and output transducers, transistor and mosfet switches

ET3: Programmable Control Systems Project. Coursework: to design and test two programs for systems control. One high-level language [Ladder logic] and one assembler language.

Year 2

ET4: Communications Systems. Topics include analogue and digital radio communications systems.

ET5: Systems Applications. This examination includes further questions on analogue and digital devices and power systems.

ET6: Design Project. Coursework: To design, realise and test an electronic system to meet a specified problem of the candidate’s choosing.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


70% exam & 30% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please

Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

The University of Manchester - Software Engineering
The University of Manchester - Anatomical Sciences with Industrial/Professional Experience
The University of Liverpool - Engineering
MMU - Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Careers Destinations

  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Engineer
  • IT Consultant
  • Engineering:Mechanica, Electrical Automotive & Aeronautical

Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Information Technology

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: 03 October 2017
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