The Sixth Form
AS / A2 Electronics
The course aims to stimulate and sustain an interest in electronics and its applications, and to promote awareness and understanding of the social and economic implications of electronics in our technologically based society. It provides a body of knowledge both for those not studying the subject beyond this stage, and also serves as a foundation for more advanced studies. The course seeks to develop the skills of observation, experimentation, processing and interpretation of data, and to foster relevant communication skills.
This is a 2-year course leading to A2. Pupils considering this course will already have a well established interest in electronics and will have completed the GCSE DT electronics products course.
The AS course comprises two theory modules and one practical coursework module, all roughly equal weightings. The A2 course is the same format, making 6 modules in total. The coursework modules entail designing a circuit, building it and testing against a specification. They focus on the electronic theory and do not consider the casing or marketing of a product.
Electronics A level is not timetabled with the full quota of lessons as other A levels and so is only suitable for boys wishing to take an additional A level and use their own study time effectively. It is suitable for well-motivated, independent learning students. A levels normally receive 9 teaching periods per cycle. Due to timetabling constraints, Electronics receives 5-6 teaching periods. This can vary slightly from year to year but parents and boys must be aware of this limitation.
Whilst the study of Maths and Physics is not a requirement, the work is complementary and students not studying A level Maths may find Electronics especially demanding. Experience has shown that Electronics students find the work advantageous to their A level Physics course.
Former Electronics pupils have found themselves at an advantage in university courses including Engineering, Architecture, Natural Sciences, Industrial Design and Computing.