What is it and how does it work?
Electronics GCSE meets the needs of students entering a progressively more technological society. We teach a systematic approach to complex problem solving by breaking it down into manageable blocks.
You can learn how tasks such as automatically dipping car headlights, electronic counters and timers, burglar alarms and fish bite detectors work.
Electronics involves a lot of practical work but also demands a good level of logical thinking and maths.
Working by yourself, or in pairs you build and test circuits to solve problems. In doing so, you work through a series of assignments at a pace suited to your ability, looking at how your circuit works and what each component does.
Consideration of safety inevitably arises in Electronics so emphasis is placed on working practices that promote safety consciousness at all times.
Summary of Assessment
Two exams worth 40% each in summer of Year 11 and one piece of extended coursework worth 20%.
What other learning could you do?
You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A-level in Electronics.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Electronics such as a Technician, Electrician or Design Engineer. There are plenty of degree courses in electronic engineering.
Where can I find more course information?
Mr A Bentley, Head of Electronics.
“Electronics allows you to solve complex problems and come up with a well thought out solution.”
What will I study?
Electronics is at the heart of the technological revolution that has transformed all our lives. It is a vital part of a huge variety of applications, from medicine through to the entertainment industry.
By becoming qualified in electronics, you can discover new opportunities in areas such as computing networks and the internet, mobile communications, aerospace and avionics, medical electronics, robotics and industrial control.
This course has a large practical element and you will have the opportunity to design and build your own electronic circuits, as well as to learn how to use test equipment.
What do students do afterwards?
Many students who successfully complete this course progress to university to study engineering, physics or computing courses.
Other students go on to take advanced apprenticeships with various companies, or gain employment directly in the technology and engineering sector.
Importantly, all those who pass this course will have a range of practical skills and knowledge to benefit them throughout their lives.
How will I be assessed?
80% exams at the end of the course; 20% coursework.
What can I do to prepare?
Talk to other students who are already doing electronics and ask them what they have done or wish they had done. Teachers in the science department are there to help you and give you information and advice.
“A-level Electronics is quite an interesting subject, as it allows you to get a greater understanding of how basic electronic systems work. The course itself allows for a lot of freedom when it comes to independent work and what you can produce in practical projects.” – Kory Boushall