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Electronics

How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete at least 4 hours and 20 minutes of independent study to complete homework, review topics and independent research.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 in GCSE Maths
  • Grade 5 or above in two relevant sciences
  • Attainment 8 Score: 46

Under review for 2019/20 entry

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Course Overview

Electronics sits well alongside Physics, Mathematics, Computing, IT. It provides students with opportunities to develop their logical thinking and practical problem solving skills. This is useful in the world of work, apprenticeships, or in a degree.   It is a subject that requires good mathematical skills as well as the ability to analyse observations and convey ideas clearly and concisely, as well as good organization and time management skills.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Very experienced teachers.
  • The opportunity to go on trips.
  • Excellent individual support, outside class times and comprehensive on-line support.
  • Excellent facilities and equipment.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study:

  • Semiconductor components
  • Logic systems
  • Operational amplifiers
  • Timing circuits
  • Sequential logic systems
  • Microcontrollers
  • Mains power supply systems

In the second year you will study:

  • Operational amplifiers
  • Signal conversion
  • AC circuits and passive filters
  • Communications systems (inc Wireless, Digital, Optical)
  • Instrumentation systems
  • Sequential logic systems
  • Microcontrollers
  • Mains power supply systems
  • High power switching systems
  • Audio systems
  • Practical Project Coursework

What will I be taught?

All Electronics lessons take place in a dedicated and well-resourced laboratory.  Teachers use a variety of approaches in the delivery of the subject, including class discussions and questioning, paired activities, computer simulations and a large amount of individual practical work.
Students are expected to spend at least as much time on their work outside the classroom as inside. There are regular practical assignments to be working on, as well as homework questions, preparing for routine progress tests, and later in the course there is individual project work to do towards the final assessment. Students are able to enter the laboratory at almost any time of the day, to continue their work in their own time.

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.
Many former Electronics students of this college have gone on to study a wide range of Engineering disciplines, including electronics, but many students have also gone on to apprenticeships including JLR, and BAE Systems.

How will I be assessed?

There are two written examinations at the end of the two year course, each worth 40% of the marks, and during the two years you will complete two coursework projects worth a total of 20% of the total mark.

Staff Contact Details

David Bailey david.bailey@kecnuneaton.ac.uk