Although the course assumes little previous knowledge of electronics, sound mathematical ability and problem-solving skills will be needed as well as practical skill. Lessons will be taught in the well-resourced Electronics Laboratory. A typical lesson will involve you in building and testing a circuit on either a specially designed teaching board or on a prototyping board. Some lessons may be more based on theory and problem-solving, whilst others will be devoted to practical work or student projects. Resources and exercises in Moodle (the college VLE) will also be used.
At the time of writing (June 2016) the new Specification for 2017 has not been published; once it appears, this information will be revised. Broadly speaking, the first (AS) year is likely to include units covering basic electronic components and systems, analogue and digital circuits, logic gates and systems, together with essential understanding of d.c. circuits, sensors and switches, and electronic counting and timing.
The second year may include the use of microcontrollers, signal conversion, a.c. systems, analogue and digital communication systems, multiplexing and modulation, optical communication, and audio systems. Most lessons will have a very hands-on approach, and students will be required to undertake a number of development and testing tasks for assessment of their electronics skills.
Homework and private study should amount to between 4 and 5 hours per week including Directed Study time