Electronics at KS5

The course aims to:
• develop scientific knowledge and understanding of the behaviour of electronic circuits
• develop an understanding of electronics as an engineering discipline
• develop a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills
• learn how to apply observational, practical and problem-solving skills
• develop creative and evaluative skills in the development of electronic systems

A Level Electronics is viewed by universities as a Science subject. It complements Physics, Computer Science and Maths A Levels for students who are considering Engineering, Applied Physics or Computing degrees or careers. There is an opportunity for specialisation in many different specific fields such as avionics, bioelectronics and robotics.


Exam Information

Year 12

· Core concepts: System synthesis, DC electrical circuits, input & output sub-systems, energy & power

· Principles of electronics: Semiconductor components, logic systems, op-Amps, signal conversion, AC circuits & passive filters, communications systems, wireless transmission, instrumentation systems.

· Assessed through 2hr 45min written examination worth 40% of qualification

Year 13

· Application of electronics: Timing circuits, sequential logic systems, microcontrollers, digital communications, optical communication, mains power supply systems, high power switching systems, audio systems

· Assessed through 2hr 45min written examination worth 40% of qualification

· Extended system design and realisation tasks: 2 tasks worth 20% of qualification - design a microcontroller system and program using assembly language, and design and create an electronic system.