Electronics

Why choose Electronics?

Electronics is a fascinating and challenging subject which lies at the heart of our modern information age society. Its study at A level can lead to a rewarding and stimulating career, or it can be pursued for personal interest and satisfaction. This course leads to an understanding of the fundamentals of the subject and is an ideal start for anyone considering a career in electronics, communications, computer engineering or any of the myriad related careers. It makes a very useful companion subject for you if you want to continue with physics, chemistry or medical research and it is also becoming increasingly important in the entertainment industry. The course provides an introduction to the two main subject areas of modern electronics, digital and analogue circuits. In addition you will study the applications of microprocessors in modern circuits. In digital electronics you will learn to identify and use the basic building blocks of logic, i.e. how to analyse and synthesise. Similarly, in analogue circuits, the function and use of building blocks such as resistors, capacitors, operational amplifiers and transistors will be studied. The use of microcontrollers to control simple applications will make up a further strand of the course. In Year 13, the fundamental building blocks introduced at AS level are combined in more complex systems, giving insight into real-world applications. Practical coursework forms an important element of the assessment, in Year 12 comprising three short investigations into a digital, an analogue and a microprocessor application and in Year 13, an extended piece of work where you will design, build and test your own circuit. 

Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on practical work.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in Maths, and GCSE Grade B in Physics or GCSE grade B in both Science and Additional Science or GCSE grade B in DT (Electronics).

Awarding Body

OCR

Units of Study

AS Level

Electronics - Unit 1

Simple systems (theory paper)

Electronics - Unit 2

Signal processing (theory paper) 

Electronics - Unit 3

Build and investigate electronic systems (practical work) 

A2 Level

Electronics - Unit 4

Electronic control systems (theory paper) 

Electronics - Unit 5

Communication systems (theory paper) 

Electronics - Unit 6

Design, build and investigate electronic systems (practical work)