A Level

Exam Board: Eduqas

2 years


Course Content:

The course consists of four components taught over two years:

  • Core concepts will cover the founding principles of electrical circuits and develop a solid basis of understanding that will interlink with the other course components and will include:
    System synthesis, DC electrical circuits, Input and Output sub-systems, Energy and Power
  • Principles of Electronics (40% of total qualification) includes the following topics: Semi-conductor components, Logic systems, Operational amplifiers, Signal conversion, AC circuits and passive filters, Communications systems, Wireless transmissions and Instrumentation systems
  • Application of Electronics (40% of total qualification) will cover: Timing Circuits, Sequential logic systems, Microcontrollers, Digital communications, Optical communications, Mains power supply systems, High power switching systems and Audio systems
  • Extended system design and realisation (20% Non exam assessment) an extended piece of coursework involving development and programming of a microcontroller system and a substantial system development in an integrated design


Two written exam papers covering the Principles and Application of Electronics (80% of the final mark), combined with System Design course work (20% of the final mark).

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities are wide ranging, from mathematical derivation of electronic principles, understanding the fundamental physics behind electrical current and its behaviour, together with practical based design and evaluation of complex integrated circuits. The course is supported by a range of IT-based resources and makes extensive use of computers within our laboratories.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You should have minimum grades 6 and 5 in two separate sciences or a combined science profile. A grade 6 in Maths is preferred.

Course costs:

None - Course textbook and learning resources freely available online.

Electronics works well with:

Computer Science
Design Technology
Further Maths
Music Technology